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Sample Networking Emails During COVID-19

1. To hear a professional's story

SUBJ: Interest in speaking with you

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name,

I’m currently studying Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University and interested in learning more about the publishing industry. I’m taking some extra time during COVID-19 to try to talk with people about the field and see if it might be a good fit for me, and I saw on LinkedIn that you’re an editor for Sasquatch Books. I really admire Sasquatch’s niche work with Pacific Northwest and West Coast authors, and was wondering if you’d be willing to share more about your experience there and elsewhere.

Would you possibly be willing to talk for 20 minutes over the phone or Zoom so I could hear more about your experience?

In the next 2 weeks, I’m available Fridays all day, and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays after 3.

Thank you very much for considering,

Sincerely,

Sally Student
(555) xxx-xxxx

2. To offer help

SUBJ: Interest in speaking with you

Dear Mr. /Ms. Last Name,

I am a Seattle Pacific University student studying Sociology, and I am from Los Angeles. This summer, my goal is to stay in my home to help the community in the aftermath of COVID-19. I am reaching out because I really admire your work with homelessness, and wanted to ask if you have any projects you need support with.

I am very involved in student organizations at Seattle Pacific University that focus on issues surrounding the homeless, and would love to learn more about how nonprofits like yours achieve their mission.

Considering the changing landscape of COVID-19, you may not know yet if your organization will need more support this summer. But either way, your work really interests me, and I'd love to hear more about your programs. Would you possibly be willing to talk for 20 minutes over the phone over the phone or Zoom so I could hear more about XYZ nonprofit and your experience there?

In the next 2 weeks, I’m available Fridays all day, and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays after 3.

Thank you very much for considering.

Sincerely,

Sally Student
(555) xxx-xxxx

3. To an alum to check on hiring

SUBJ: Interest in speaking with you

Dear Mr./Ms. Alum Last Name,

As a junior at Seattle Pacific University studying Global Development Studies, I found your information listed on LinkedIn. I see that you are working at Company XYZ since you graduated from SPU. I have recently applied for the Research Associate Position at Company XYZ and it is my top choice based on my interest in think tanks and my current leadership role with student organization XYZ.

Given the current situation with COVID-19, I am writing to see if I could possibly get your insight on what your work looks like right now, and whether your company will still be hiring this summer. Would you be willing to have a short informational interview over the phone or Zoom so I could hear more about your experience?

I know you're busy, so I could keep my questions to 20 minutes or less. I'd be very grateful for your time and perspective. In the next 2 weeks, I’m available Fridays all day, and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays after 3.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Sally Student
(555) xxx-xxxx