Scheduling the Informational Interview by Letter or Email
An introductory letter or email, written much like a cover letter without the job pitch, is a great way to get your name out there.
Your correspondence should include:
- A brief introduction about yourself;
- Why you are writing to this individual;
- A brief statement of your interests or experiences in the person's field, organization or location;
- Why you would like to converse. Be straightforward; tell him/her you are asking for information and advice.
- The last paragraph of the letter should always include a sentence about how and when you will contact this person again.
Make sure to follow up the letter as you said!
Usually this follow-up involves a phone call to set up a phone appointment or an informational interview. Never expect the person to phone you. If you have difficulties contacting the person, ask the receptionist or his/her assistant for a convenient time to phone again.
Finally, proofread all correspondence and save copies!
Go to the next page or follow this link to a sample letter requesting an informational interview.