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May 1, 2014 5:37 AM Subscribe
Advice needed for how to follow up on a networking email for an interesting job. Help!
posted by thereemix to Work & Money (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Hello. So, to start with, I am currently gainfully employed (since last June) for a company with decent (if not great) compensation. The work is slightly less challenging than I would like, but I had been unemployed for nine months prior to obtaining this job so at that point beggars couldn't be choosers.
However, last week a really interesting job posting came across my radar for a company I'd really like to work for, and the job description is right up my alley. Even better, a buddy of mine who I've known since I was 17 years old (we met at a summer program between 11th and 12th grade, and the subsequently ended up at the same university!) works for that company - different department, but according to LinkedIn he's connected to the folks in the department where this new job would be housed. I shot him an email saying that I wasn't in "active" job search mode at the moment but this new job posting caught my eye and was making me consider making an exception, and wanted to know if I could pick his brain a bit about the company.
He responded last night enthusiastically, giving me his work email address and saying to drop him a line there and he'd put me in contact directly with the hiring manager. Yay! But now I'm at a loss, because I am an awkward sort who is really bad at networking and I don't want to make a bad move now.
What do I say when I email him at work? Obviously I'll email him from my personal email address (right?), but I don't know what I should actually say in the message, knowing it may be forwarded on to the hiring manager. Should I attach my resume? I haven't applied for the job through the official channel yet (thinking I was going to have a chat with this friend before I did so), but should I do that first before contacting him through his work email address, so if the hiring manager wants to review my materials first he can?
Help! I am quite hopeless at this. I got my current job via a temp-to-perm position and my job before that was also handled by a recruiter who contacted me first. This, in addition to the fact that my previous attempts at "leveraging my network" like this have never panned out, so I quite literally have no idea what the best practices are for how to proceed at this point. Any advice would be appreciated, as always.