Networking Cover Letter Can Be Highly Effective


Jimmy Sweeney, president of CareerJimmy and author of the calls the “Networking Cover Letter” one of two powerful types of cover letters that few people know about. For the second one, see our entry tomorrow. Says Jimmy Sweeney:
The networking cover letter is a flexible hard-working tool that will help you reach the individuals in your life who can assist you the most — family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and professional acquaintances. And also consider all the people in each of their lives. Ask your friends and relatives for their employment leads, referrals from their circle of influence, and for personal introductions, as well.
Get started quickly by creating a master list of the names of everyone who comes to mind. Look at your collection of business cards. Flip through association rosters and other directories, e-mail address books, and all lists of groups you are affiliated with. Then write or e-mail a networking cover letter to each person on the list, asking for help. Don’t be discouraged if this takes a bit of time. It’s a good investment in your future — one that will pay off — I promise. Remind yourself as you do this exercise that the more people who know about you and what you want and need, the greater the results.
Networking Cover Letter Tips:
  • Focus your message on one page.
  • Write in a personal and friendly manner.
  • List your strengths and abilities.
  • Ask for referrals and job leads.
  • Keep it short and sweet.
  • Attach your resume to the cover letter.
  • Write a thank-you note to those who respond.