Resume Cover Letter To Friend

For job seekers, social-impact professionals, and volunteers, living in a world where building your digital network can be as easy—and as impersonal—as clicking a button, the lines between what’s appropriate networking behavior and what may be asking too much can be blurry.

After finding a job on Idealist.org, for many of us, the natural next step is to investigate potential connections by digging in to our online networks.

If you’re able to find a connection, great! But perhaps you haven’t actually talked to this contact in a solid decade. Or maybe you don’t find any direct connections to your organization of interest, and instead, stumble across some second or even third-degree connections. How do you make the ask?

Here are three email templates that will help you navigate some potentially gray areas in the wonderful world of digital networking:

Scenario 1: You actually know somebody—and they’re more than just an acquaintance—at the hiring organization.

Here are some things to include in the email:

  • Informal greeting
  • Checking in
  • Show of genuine interest in the latest goings on
  • Reference to the job you’re interested in, including a link to the posting, as well as the name of the person who would be supervising this new hire (if available)
  • Offer options for how your friend might help you
  • Try to include something that may be helpful to her, as well
  • Attach both an updated resume and cover letter

Professional Connection Email Template #1:

Hi Divya!

I hope everything is going well on your end. It’s been so exciting to see all of your recent success with the job and the move and everything [ADD SPECIFICS HERE IF YOU HAVE THEM]. Please keep sharing your updates!

As you know, I’m currently on the hunt for my next step, and I recently came across a posting for a [POSITION NAME HYPERLINKED TO POSTING] at [ORGANIZATION NAME]. It seems like it could be a great fit for me and I wanted to see if you have any intel on the position, the team, or what they may be looking for in a candidate.

If they’re still actively looking to fill the role, it would be great to speak with somebody in the office. If you’d be willing to make an introduction, I’d love to chat with a member of the team who may be a bit closer to the position. Of course, if you’re not able to make that connection, any insight that you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

I’ve attached an updated version of my resume and cover letter so that you can get a better sense of my specific experience. Of course, let me know if you have any questions at all.

Finally, while I was researching your organization, I came across this article that I thought you might be interested in. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Looking forward to hearing from you, and do pass along updates on what else is new with you.

Best,
Alexis

Scenario 2: You know somebody at the hiring organization, but haven’t talked to this person in a long (long) time.

Here are some things to include in the email:

  • Somewhat-formal greeting
  • Checking in
  • Show genuine interest in the latest goings on
  • Reference to the job you’re interested in, including a link to the posting, as well as the name of the person who would be supervising this new hire (if available)
  • Offer options for how your acquaintance might help you
  • Try to include something that may be helpful to her, as well
  • Attach both an updated resume and cover letter

Professional Connection Email Template #2:

Hi Divya,

I hope everything is going well on your end. I’ve been following your work these past few years and it’s been so exciting to read about all of your success. [ADD SPECIFICS HERE IF YOU HAVE THEM] Congratulations!

I know it’s been quite a while, but I’m reaching out because I recently came across a posting for a [POSITION NAME HYPERLINKED TO POSTING] at [ORGANIZATION NAME]. It seems like it could be a really great fit for me and I wanted to see if you have any intel on the position, the team, or what they may be looking for in a candidate.

If they’re still actively looking to fill the role, it would be great to speak with somebody in the office. If you’d be willing to make an introduction, I’d love to chat with a member of the team who may be a bit closer to the position. Of course, if you’re not able to make that connection, any insight that you’d be able to offer would be greatly appreciated!

I’ve attached an updated version of my resume and cover letter so that you can get a better sense of what I’ve been up to both personally and professionally since we were last in touch. Please let me know if you have any questions at all.

Finally, while I was researching [ORGANIZATION NAME], I came across this article that I thought you might be interested in. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best,
Alexis

Scenario 3: You have a mutual connection with somebody at your organization of interest, but don’t know anybody who works directly for the hiring organization.

Here are some things to include in the email:

  • Informal greeting
  • Checking in
  • Show of genuine interest in the latest goings on
  • Reference to job you’re interested in, as well as the names of the hiring organization and the mutual connection
  • Offer options for how your acquaintance might help you
  • Try to include something that may be helpful to her, as well
  • Attach both an updated resume and cover letter

Professional Connection Email Template #3:

Hi Divya!

I hope everything is going well on your end. It’s been so exciting to see all of your recent success with the job and the move and everything. [ADD SPECIFICS HERE IF YOU HAVE THEM] Please keep sharing your updates!

As you know, I’m currently on the hunt for my next step, and I recently came across a posting for a [POSITION NAME HYPERLINKED TO POSTING] at [ORGANIZATION NAME] and it seems like it could be a really great fit! I’m reaching out because it looks like you may have a connection over there. Are you still in touch with [NAME OF CONNECTION] or is he more of a casual acquaintance?

If you are in touch and you’d be willing to make an introduction, I’d love to chat with [NAME OF CONNECTION]. Of course, if you’re not able to make the connection, any insight on [NAME OF CONNECTION] would be greatly appreciated!

I’ve attached an updated version of my resume and cover letter so that you can get a better sense of my specific experience. Please let me know if you have any questions at all.

Finally, while I was researching [ORGANIZATION NAME], I came across this article that I thought you might be interested in. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Looking forward to hearing from you, and do pass along updates on what else is new with you!

Best,
Alexis

While the differences may appear negligible, it’s important to approach your message with the appropriate tone and pertinent information. Furthermore, offering your contact a simple alternative in the way of “any insight that you may be able to offer would be greatly appreciated” provides her with a graceful way to decline your request if she’s not comfortable making the connection.

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Tips for Asking Friends and Family for Job Search Help

Letter Examples and Advice for Asking for Job Search Help

Asking family and friends for job search help is a great way to hear about job opportunities. Your friends and family care about you, and most of them will gladly help you in any way they can.

However, there are ways to reach out to friends and family that are more helpful than others. Read below for tips on how to network with family and friends, as well as examples of letters requesting job search help.

Tips for Asking Friends and Family for Job Search Help

The best way to reach out to family and friends is through an email or letter. Read below for advice on how to write the most effective letter.

Be specific. Your friends and family will be able to help you better if you tell them what you are looking for. Are you hoping for job leads? Informational interviews? New contacts? Let them know what you want, so they can help you.

Keep it short. Your letter should not be too long; your friends and family are busy, and will be more likely to read a shorter letter or email. You might even use bullet points or a list to make it easier to read.

Attach your resume. You might attach a resume to your letter or email to provide more information to your friends and family. This will also allow you to keep your letter shorter.

Send some personalized letters. If you have particular friends or family who you would like to ask a specific favor – perhaps they work at a company you really want to work for, or they have a contact you would like to meet – send them individualized letters.

This will increase your chances that those people will respond to you.

Be patient. It’s hard to be patient when you’re job searching, but it’s important. Wait a couple of weeks or even a month before sending one short follow-up email. In this email, simply say you are still job searching, and would still appreciate assistance.

Avoid sounding frustrated or upset.

Be thankful. Individually thank every person who offers you help with your job search. Even if their advice was not particularly helpful you will want to express your gratitude. Who knows when you will need job advice again, so it is important to remain kind and considerate. Also, remember to offer your help when someone you know needs a new job.

What to Include in Your Letter or Email

You will want to include a brief, friendly introduction to your family and friends.

After your introduction, explain that you are looking for a new job. Provide a very brief explanation of your background (a description of your last 1 - 3 jobs), your ideal job, and a list of 3 - 5 companies you would love to work for. You can include this information in paragraph form or in a list.

After this, explain what specifically you are looking for from your family and friends, whether it is alerts on job openings, informational interviews, or something else.

Conclude with a thank you to express your gratitude.

In your signature, include contact information; even if they are friend and family who know your contact information, it is still useful to include this.

Sample Letter Asking Friends and Family for Job Search Help

Dear friends and family,

I hope all is well! As many of you know, I have been working as a marketing assistant at XYZ Company in New York for the past four years.

I am currently looking to relocate to Washington, D.C., and am searching for a new mid-level marketing job in the city.

If you hear of any open positions in marketing (particularly within the nonprofit sector), or can think of any contacts you might be able to put me in touch with, I'd greatly appreciate hearing from you.

I've attached my resume; I'd appreciate any help you can offer.

Thank you all so much! I look forward to catching up with each of you soon.

Best,

Firstname Lastname
Email
Phone

Sample Follow-up Letter Asking Friends and Family for Job Search Help

Dear friends and family,

I hope all is well! Thank you so much for all the leads and advice you have sent me so far as I look for a new marketing job in Washington, D.C.

(specifically within the non-profit sector).

I just wanted to let you all know I am still looking for a job opportunity, so if you hear of any open positions, or can think of any contacts you might be able to put me in touch with, I'd greatly appreciate hearing about them.

I've attached my resume once more; I'd appreciate it if you could show it to any contacts you have in the industry.

Thank you again!

Best,

Firstname Lastname
Email
Phone

Sample Personalized Letter Asking for Job Search Help

Dear Aunt Elizabeth,

I hope you are doing well! It was so nice to see you and Uncle Jim at the Christmas party last month.

As I believe my mom told you, after three years working for XYZ Marketing Company in New York, I am moving to Washington, D.C. I am currently looking for a mid-level job in marketing, specifically within the non-profit sector.

I remember you telling me that you are former colleagues of James McMartin of ABC Advertising Agency. Do you think you would be able to put us in touch? I would love to ask him for an informational interview. He is so experienced, and I’d love to hear his advice about the marketing industry in D.C.

Thank you so much in advance. Talk to you soon!

Love,
Firstname
Email
Phone

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