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Once you’ve found a networking contact, you need to reach out to them to schedule an informational interview. Here is a sample message you could use when it’s time to connect with a networking contact. Make sure you include a specific question or two in the email so the contact understands what you want to discuss as well as your contact information.

Sample Email or LinkedIn message

Subject: WFU Student Seeking Information

Dear Ms. Jones:

I found your name through the Wake Forest Career Connectors Group on LinkedIn. As a senior at Wake Forest, I am majoring in psychology with a minor in English. After graduation I am interested in pursuing a graduate degree in counseling and working with children with behavioral problems and families in transition. I see from your profile that this is your specialty area. Would you be open to letting me email, call, or meet you in person so that I can learn more about your career path? Like you, I am currently in Winston-Salem and would be available to meet at your earliest convenience. I am free any day next week 2-5 p.m. I appreciate your consideration of my request for advice, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Jessica Thomas
336.555.5555

How to Send Messages Via LinkedIn Groups

Email or LinkedIn subject line: WFU student seeking information

Dear Ms. Campnell:

I found your name in the Wake Forest University Career Connectors group on LinkedIn. As a senior at Wake Forest, I am majoring in English with a minor in Political Science. Currently, I am taking a journalism course about writing for public relations and advertising. Through this class, I have discovered a talent and an interest in the field of public relations.

I would like to gather further information about public relations from someone in the field. As a professional, you have personal insights and advice that would help me in learning more about public relations and beginning my job search. I’m especially interested in getting your opinion on resumé tips to highlight my public relations experience, entry-level job search strategies, and the required skills that public relations employers seek. I could e-mail my questions or call you at a time that is convenient for you.

I appreciate your consideration of my request for advice, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Maria Lopez