So you just graduated college, and the work world looks like a scary place. There are tons of companies out there that you think may be a good next step for you, but you’re not sure how to approach them. Maybe you’re nervous, unprepared and scared of rejection. What should you say? When should you call? How do you seem interested without seeming demanding? How do you contact them without being pushy and annoying? Well Molly Fletcher gives us some great tips about when and how to contact those strangers. Here are a few:
When first calling, be prepared. Jot down some notes, the name of the person who referred you, and mention some research you’ve done about them (recent accomplishment or issue in the industry, etc.).
Get ready to leave a voicemail. Be concise, leave your cell phone and answer it when they call back.
Write a letter. Compliment your recipient, ask about a brief meeting, leave your desire to meet them, and send the letter through regular mail (printed on high quality paper).
When dealing with an Administrative Assistant, be polite at all times. Be direct and concise to make it easy for them to relay the message, and try to accommodate their scheduling conflicts.
Follow-up is important. Send a note to confirm your upcoming meeting. (It’s also nice to send thank you’s to whomever helped you arrange the meeting).