How To Craft The Email To The Hiring Manager

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After reading yesterday’s post, How To Turn LinkedIn Connections Into Interviews…a reader asked,

What should be the next step after getting the emails?

I strive to write a message from the hiring manager’s perspective.

I use a subject line like…

As You Consider Your Future Staffing Needs…

If a manager is short staffed the title will resonate with him.

Even if she’s not short-staffed, she may know someone who is and forward your email.

The Email I Sent…

Reaching out to hiring managers is tricky.

You can’t be a pain, but you do need to explain why you’d be a great addition to their department.

My job was eliminated Oct 2010. When one opportunity slipped away, I tried a different tack.

About two to three weeks before the next quarter started, I sent the email below. I apologize for the eye test.

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This email was created to land a position at my former employer. It resulted in 3 separate interviews for one position. It did not pan out.

Three months later, I sent a similar email.

This led to a series of interviews for two separate positions. I landed one of these positions.

If You Don’t Have the Email…

RocketReach is one of the best sources. You also get a limited number of free searches. Many like Hunter. I have a Chrome extension with RocketReach.

Calling Is Always An Option…

You just need to know what you’re going to say before you pick up the phone.

I was able to figure out the hiring manager for a role I was interested in. I called the organization and asked for her by name.

When I reached her, I expressed my interest in the role and told her I was very excited about the opportunity. I did not say much more. I know hiring managers can be very busy.

Since some job seekers apply to a large number of jobs, hiring managers don’t always know how serious you really are.

My call answered that question for her. While I did not land that job, I did go through 3 interviews.

If you can provide some short brief accomplishments that will resonate with a hiring manager that can go a long way.

For more tips and tricks, check out, “Job Hunting Secrets (from someone who’s been there).”

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Clark Finnical is also the author of, “LinkedIn Strategies to Take Your Career to the Next Level.”

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If we’re not connected. I’d love to connect. Here is my profile.