Connect with a Contact

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.

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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.

Jessica Thomas