LinkedIn is an amazing resource. It gives you access to the career history of millions of people around the world, many of whom have similar backgrounds or interests to you. It also makes real the possibility of actually communicating with these people to find out more about what they do now and their career journeys.
All that said, it can be scary and potentially awkward introducing yourself to people you don’t know online.
To help you get started here are 4 easy templates which you can adapt to reach out to people on LinkedIn or via email.
The key principles here are:
- Be clear what you’re asking
- Get straight to the point
People don’t owe you anything and people are busy but if you can be specific and gracious in your approach there are a lot of people who are happy to oblige (it’s a nice feeling to get asked for your expert opinion).
- Contacting Queen Mary alumni
Finding people on LinkedIn who studied the same thing as you (or were in the same clubs/societies as you) is a great basis upon which to strike up a conversation with someone. You automatically have something very concrete in common. So use that to your advantage as shown in this template: