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Old 08-07-2013, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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How's this for a LinkedIn message?

Dear Mr. Potter

In May I completed a B.S. in GIS and have been exploring possible career opportunities in geospatial sciences. I would like to learn more about CompanyX and the responsibilities of a GIS/Remote Sensing professional. I am wondering if you or one of your colleges would be willing to conduct an informational interview?

Sincerely


John Doe
555.555.5555, JohnDoe@gmail.com
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:44 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Why not go for the "kill" instead of beating around the bush?

Say, "I am interested in any potential opportunities in your organization and am open to any opportunities for a discussion on how my education & experiences could benefit your firm."
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Why not go for the "kill" instead of beating around the bush?

Say, "I am interested in any potential opportunities in your organization and am open to any opportunities for a discussion on how my education & experiences could benefit your firm."
It's obvious that I'm looking for a job. I feel like bringing it up might bring out a bad vibe
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Does Mr Potter know Mr Doe, or has he never heard of him before?

Honestly, if I got an unsolicited email of this type from someone I didn't recognize, I'd just ignore it.

Sorry.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:52 PM
 
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it looks ok, except it's colleagues not colleges.

i think you're more likely to get a response (although you should realize that it's not likely you'll get a response in any case) if you stick with your plan of asking for an informational interview (and treating it as such, not as a back door to a job interview) rather than asking about job opportunities. i haven't heard about many people getting jobs that way, at least not from a cold e-mail through linkedin.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:52 PM
 
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I like it. You're not asking for a job, you want to see what the job is like, and you're doing it for free.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Does Mr Potter know Mr Doe, or has he never heard of him before?

Honestly, if I got an unsolicited email of this type from someone I didn't recognize, I'd just ignore it.

Sorry.
No, but I do have a LinkedIn connection with him for what it's worth
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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it looks ok, except it's colleagues not colleges.
nice save! thanks
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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No, but I do have a LinkedIn connection with him for what it's worth
That might help. If it came from a contact I'd at least respond. Can't hurt.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:39 PM
 
Location: GA
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It is one way to "get in the door".
Probably not used as much as in better times but in some fields, experts like to be consulted.
People/companies who would consider it a waste of time probably don't offer their field as a whole much except "doing their job."
Brush up on your own interviewing techniques as well, they may turn the tables on you.
This Happened to me once.
Also, even if they say "we have no openings currently" a stock answer in some places, insist you just want to learn about future prospects whatever.
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