Ask an Alum: Sample Correspondence

The following sample letters are provided to guide you as you develop personalized and thoughtful outreach to a potential contact.

Correspondence Requesting a Meeting

To: Barry Alumni

From: Jane Job-Seeker

Subject: Fisher College Student — Seeking Career Advice

Dear Mr. Alumni:

I am a sophomore majoring in marketing at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. I found your name through Fisher’s Ask an Alum resource.

I am interested in talking with you about your position as a Brand Manager with Acme Perfect Products. I first developed an interest in marketing through my activities with the American Marketing Association on campus, and I hope to leverage my past experience and my undergraduate studies in order to attain my long-term goal of a career in marketing within the consumer packaged goods industry. I would also be interested in learning about how your experience at Fisher prepared you for your career.

Would it be possible to arrange a time to speak briefly over the phone? I would need only 15-20 minutes of your time. Thank you for your time and consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Jane Job-Seeker

Sample thank-you following an informational interview

Dear Mr. Alumni:

Thank you again for agreeing to be a member of my personal network. I truly value the advice of professionals like you who know brand management so well.

I especially appreciate your offer to introduce me to other professionals in your network, which I know will be extremely helpful to me. I have contacted Ms. Patel as you suggested and have arranged a time to meet with her.

I can't thank you enough for your willingness to help me learn more about marketing. I will be sure to keep you informed of my progress. And please do not hesitate to contact me if you think of any additional suggestions for expanding my network and establishing my career in marketing.

Best regards,

Jane Job-Seeker