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Template: Ask your Network for Job Leads

Written By Rachelle Enns on April 13th, 2020
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TEMPLATE: ASK YOUR NETWORK FOR JOB LEADS

The purpose of this template is to help you customize a message for the people in your network that can help you reach your career goals. Send this note via email or through LinkedIn. Personalize your message as much as possible, ensuring that your approach is genuine. Be patient with responses, show a humble attitude, and ask only those you know will have your best interest in mind.

CUSTOMIZE THIS EXAMPLE:

Subject Line: You have a network in (industry or topic) - can you help?

Body of Message:

Hi (name of contact),

I sincerely hope this message finds you well!

I noticed that (insert a personalized comment about them and ask a related question).

I am reaching out to let you know that I am currently looking for a new career opportunity.

For the past (x) years, I have been working for (company name) as a (job title). I am ready to take on a new challenge (briefly mention what you are looking for next).

You are well networked, and I admire and trust you, which is why I ask:

Might you have any leads or connections that could help me reach this career goal?

I have attached my updated resume for your reference. Please let me know if you are comfortable passing on my resume, as you see fit.

Thank you in advance for your help. If I can return the favor in any way, I am here for you, too!

All the best,

(your name)


EXAMPLE IN ACTION:

Subject Line: You have a network in pharma - can you help?

Body of Message:

Hi James,

I sincerely hope this message finds you well.

I noticed that you recently joined Pfizer as a Business Development Manager. Congratulations on the exciting move! How are you enjoying the change?

I am reaching out to let you know that I am currently looking for a new career opportunity.

For the past eight years, I have been working for Biologic as a Key Account Representative. I am ready to take on a new challenge in larger Pharmaceutical organizations such as Johnson & Johnson.

You are well networked, and I admire and trust you, which is why I ask:

Might you have any leads or connections that could help me reach this career goal?

I have attached my updated resume for your reference. Please let me know if you are comfortable passing on my resume, as you see fit.

Thank you in advance for your help. If I can return the favor in any way, I am here for you, too!

All the best,

Jessica