Re-establishing a connection
July 24, 2012 8:57 PM Subscribe
How do you address a cover letter to someone you'd had an informational interview with (and try to re-establish a connection)?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (2 answers total)
2-odd months ago, had a series of informational interviews to help with my career change. Conducted informational interviews with people actually doing job X, or - in this case - the HR person at a place that hires people doing job X. This HR person was the first person I did an informational interview with, so although I tried to prepare I was admittedly much more polished with subsequent interviews. (It didn't go badly; she was incredibly nice in fact, but some questions could've been left for better Google-fu.) Thank you email was sent, etc.
HR person had said they'd hired their temps already when I last spoke to her. It's about the time when I'd drop her a line and say "Hi, just wanted to update you on my hunt progress - after talks with you and others, I've decided I seriously want to pursue this path, and would appreciate it if you can tell me if there's any opportunities that you know of" when I saw, while trying to word the above email, on a job board that they're hiring.
Great - but how do I word the cover letter? "Dear X, I would like to thank you again for all your help with my prior informational interview. I saw a job posting for your workplace at [site] and believe myself to be an excellent candidate. Here are my qualification highlights:" etc etc? It sounds really opportunist (thank-you being overwhelmed with the request to give me a job), not to mention it doesn't seem to mesh with my mental image of super-formality a cover letter usually entails.
How would I word this, particularly as I'd like to improve on my last impression?
Job X is entry-level; difficulty in entering the market lies in the drastic career change. I would be fine with the types of tasks, although technical jargon needs to be learned. Job X would be to familiarize myself with the field so I can pursue schooling for Jobs Y and Z in the future, where Y and Z are up the ladder from X.