When I started my search, I left loads of voicemails requesting to meet. Most went unanswered. So I switched to sending my invites to where people spend most their time: the Blackberry.
In the toolkit is a template for a networking e-mail to set up a meeting, this format lead me to get about 90% of my e-mails returned and meetings set up.
The template explains in more detail, but here’s why I think it works well:
· Using the person who referred you in the e-mail title – gives them a reason to open the e-mail
· It’s very short, only two scrolls on a blackberry
· It is very focused: Why am I writing, What I seek to do, What is the next step
You will notice in the template, that I do not give any of my background or attach a resume. The focus is to get a meeting, save your background for when you meet. Though there is one trick for getting your background, read “The Stealth Resume – Your LinkedIn Profile URL”.