Most jobseekers do not consider networking as a job search strategy. They focus on their resume, cover letter, and finding the best industry job boards. But, the truth is that 85% of jobs are not posted publicly. Attending networking events and more importantly following up after networking events will help you find those jobs.
Having a great conversation and exchanging business cards with an industry professional is not the final step of the networking process.
It’s what you do after the networking event that will have the greatest effect on your success.
Following up with new contacts within 24-48 hours after a networking event will make you stand out among the majority of networkers. Following up after a networking event is the easy part.
You have already:
- Overcome your fear of attending the networking event
- Told complete strangers a rock star career story
- Convinced industrial professionals to help you with your job search
Just make sure you have the two things you need before attending networking events.
The only thing left to do is follow up! To make it easy for you I’ve created a networking follow up email template. All you have to do is tweak the template below:
Subject Line: Nice Meeting You At The (Networking Event)
It was a pleasure meeting you last night at the Marketing Mixer. I really enjoyed talking to you about your passion for marketing and how you broke into the industry. I would like to take you up on your offer to pass along my resume and cover letter to the hiring manager, and I have attached them to this message. I really appreciate your willingness to help.
Why The Networking Follow-Up Email Template Works
It was a pleasure meeting you last night at the Marketing Mixer.
You’re reminding your new contact know where you met and indicating that you are not a complete stranger.
I really enjoyed talking to you about your passion for marketing and how you broke into the industry.
Here you are referring back to the conversation you had at the networking event to get that person to remember you. You can reference anything you talked about at the event. The more personal the better…
- I can’t believe you know my cousin John.
- It’s interesting that we both have the same breed of dog.
I would like to take you up on your offer to pass along my resume and cover letter to the hiring manager, and I have attached them to this message.
You are reminding your new contact in a friendly way that he offered to help you and that you would like his help. This could focus on a number of different things as well.
- I would love to meet for a cup of coffee and learn more about how you broke into the industry.
- It would be great if you could give me feedback on my resume and cover letter.
I really appreciate your willingness to help.
This is the last and most important part. You are already thanking the person for his willingness to help you. This makes your contact feel like he needs to help you because you already thanked him for something he hasn’t done yet.
Writing a networking follow up email is really that simple.
The chances are slim that someone you had a great conversation with is going to send you an email and say, “Can you please send me your resume and cover letter so I can forward it to the hiring manager at my company?”
You cannot be a successful networker if you don’t send a follow up email.
I want you to do three things:
- Leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling me how following up after a networking event has led to a positive outcome for you.
- Bookmark or print this article so you can use the template I created above after you attend a networking event.
- Share this article with your own network. Everyone could always use valuable advice about how to follow up after a networking event.
About the Author: John Muscarello is the founder of Start Networking Today, a website that teaches recent graduates and young professionals how to network and advance their career. John breaks down networking and career advancement techniques into simple actionable steps that anyone can use. Follow John on Twitter or subscribe to his blog to receive great networking advice.