Is this what they call... networking?
January 15, 2013 7:38 AM Subscribe
I recently applied for an internship at X Company. Today I found out (or, rather, suddenly remembered from a conversation a couple months ago) that someone I know actually works at X, in the specific team to which I submitted the application. Is there any way I can sort of ~casually~ (or not) bring this to their attention? Would it even make a difference?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The co-op in question is a technical (engineering) one, at a smallish local company. This person and I know each other through volunteering -- they are in more of a managerial/supervisory position so we have not had too much direct contact with each other, but we have had a couple brief, pleasant conversations. During one of these conversations it came up that they were working in X Company, "so look us up when you're looking for a co-op, eh? (wink)"
If I'd remembered this before I submitted all my documents I would totally have just slipped in a brief note in my cover letter -- as it is, it's too late to go back now. I did mention the organization we both volunteer with (it is a somewhat obscure group of ~10 people). If my person was actually one of the people looking at applications, they would definitely recognize me. At this point, is there some way for me to use this somewhat tenuous personal connection to my advantage? I was thinking of dropping a note to my person through email, but I'm not exactly sure what I would even want to say. Or should I just cross my fingers and hope I get an interview on the merit of my application alone?
Throwaway email: firstname.lastname@example.org