November 6, 2018

Hiring Manager outreach e-mail template

You’re applying to jobs everywhere you can but hitting a dead end each time.  You’re ready to take your job search to the next level and try to find a way in through the back door.

You’ve heard about this little technique where you can use LinkedIn to hunt for hiring managers for the jobs/companies you want to apply for, and reach out directly.  Great advice, but what do you actually say in that initial outreach email?

We’ve made thousands of candidate/hiring manager introductions over the years and have found that a simple, direct inquiry that expresses who you are, why you are reaching out, what makes you a good fit, and a call to action will do the trick.

Feel free to use this template, and share with friends.

Happy Job Hunting!

Dear (Hiring Manager),

It came to my attention recently that (company) may be looking to hire a (title of position). I would very much appreciate the opportunity to share my qualifications with you and learn more about the opportunity to determine if there is a mutual fit. I have been following (company) over the past few (months, years) and believe the company’s values align well with my own.

In my current role at (my company), I am responsible for (task 1, task 2, task 3). Based on what I can glean from your job description, my recent experience should serve me well in this position.

I understand you are busy – would you be available for 15 minutes for an introductory call later this week? How does Friday at 10am or 2pm work for you?

I am attaching my resume here for your review.

Thank you in advance for your response,

(Me)