I am preparing to send a letter requesting an informational interview. However I
was wondering if it would be appropriate for me to enclose my resume with the letter?
Would you be kind enough to let me know what is proper professional etiquette?
The Career Doctor responds:
Informational interviews are the ultimate networking technique so I applaud your efforts to not
only conduct one but to do so properly and professionally.
Informational interviews are meetings you request to gather information and expand your
network of contacts. What kind of information? The information you need to choose or refine
a career path learn how to break in and find out if you have what it takes to succeed. It’s the
process of spending time (usually about 20-30 minutes but sometimes much longer) with
someone at a more advanced level in their career in a highly focused conversation that provides
you with key information you need to launch or boost your career.
The letter you send to a potential interviewee should be short and to the point. It is similar to a
cover letter but instead of asking for a job interview you are requesting an informational interview.
Do NOT send a resume with your letter but DO bring a copy of your resume to the interview in case
the interviewee asks to see it. Remember an informational interview is NOT a backdoor method
of gaining a job interview.
Your letter should include a brief introduction about yourself and why you are writing to this particular
individual. Be specific about your career interests and request an interview to gain his or her insights
into the field. The last paragraph should include a sentence about how and when you will follow-up
with this person.
Get a much more detailed overview of everything you could possibly ever want to know about informational
interviews by going to the Quintessential Careers