Sample Networking Letters

Purpose: Initiate conversations that allow you to research career fields, obtain helpful advice on job seeking, and gain insight and referrals on to potential employers.

Audience: Alumni, friend of parent, parent, parent of friend, family friend, someone you were referred to by a faculty/staff member, etc.  

Sample #1 
Networking Introductory E-Mail

Dear Mr. Black:

Thank you for being a MiddNet volunteer. I am a Middlebury senior exploring a career in Environmental Law, and am researching information to help with my decision about which environmental sector to focus on, and whether to apply directly to Law school or work in a Paralegal position for a year or two after graduation.

I wonder if you would have time for a brief 15-20 minute phone conversation where I might ask some focused questions of you as I gather information about this. I am interested in your direct experience in this field, as well as your perspective on the pros and cons of various law programs, and whether it is wise to apply directly after I graduate from Middlebury.

Thank you for taking time to share your advice, and I look forward to hearing from you. Please let me know when you are available.


Jennifer Fairbanks '20

Sample #2 
Networking Introductory E-Mail

Dear Rob:

Sharon Glazer suggested I contact you based on your experience in the publishing field. I am currently at Random House but hoping to make a transition from the editorial side into marketing, most likely with another company.

I'm seeking the advice of seasoned professionals about how to best position myself for this type of transition and would very much appreciate an opportunity to talk with you briefly to get your perspective. Would you be available sometime in the next 1-2 weeks for a half-hour meeting or phone conversation?

I look forward to hearing from you to schedule a time that's convenient for you. Thank you!

Ted Morris '19



Sample Networking Letter:

Middlebury College
MC Box 0004
Middlebury, VT 05753

October 12, 2016

Ms. Bea Friendly
Associate Media Planner
Young & Rubicam
000 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 11111

Dear Ms. Friendly:

I am a Middlebury senior, and was delighted to find your name in MiddNet because I am seeking an opportunity to speak with an experienced professional about the advertising and public relations career fields. Although I have had an internship with a local advertising company, I am hoping to learn more about the national and international advertising marketplace from your perspective.

As an intern for Evergreen Advertising and Marketing, I gained an appreciation for the creative and organizational aspects of communicating effectively with targeted consumers of media. I have developed excellent analytical, decision making, and interpersonal skills through my studies in International Politics and Economics, participation in the Student Investment Committee, and study abroad experience. My goal is to find the best way of presenting my skills and abilities to potential employers.

I would greatly appreciate having an opportunity to talk with you about your work and your point of view on effective job search strategies for graduating seniors like me. I will call you in the next week to see if we might be able to arrange a convenient time to talk. In the meantime, feel free to contact me at 802-443-0007 

Thank you for considering my request.


Jennifer Fairbanks '19

Enclosure: Resume