Follow-up email samples to a networking event contact

Follow-up emails to networking contacts

The networking contacts you meet at professional events could give you access to the ‘hidden job market’ – the 80% of vacancies that are not advertised. But often at such events you get to talk to people for only a few minutes, so how can you build on these brief contacts as part of your job search? If you would like to nurture these contacts into something more, consider sending them a follow-up email after the networking event.

Sample follow-up emails

1. When the contact provided you with the name of someone else to ask about a job

To: Joanne Dawkins

Subject: Thank you for your assistance

Dear Joanne

It was a pleasure to meet you last Tuesday at the Women in Engineering breakfast. I enjoyed hearing about your work on the Royston Dam Upgrade project, and I appreciate the time you spent talking with me.

You suggested that I contact Emily James at Carston Krednow to discuss potential openings at her company. I wanted to let you know that I have been in touch with Emily, and she and I will be meeting next week. Thank you for suggesting that I mention your name in my email.

I will keep in touch to update you on my job search progress.

Kind regards

Georgia Peterson

2. When you want to approach the contact about opportunities in their company

To: Joanne Dawkins

Subject: Following-up from Tuesday’s Women in Engineering breakfast

Dear Joanne

It was a pleasure to meet you last Tuesday at the Women in Engineering breakfast. I enjoyed hearing about your work on the Royston Dam Upgrade project, and I appreciate the time you spent talking with me.

Please keep me in my mind if you hear of any opportunities for an engineering graduate in your firm or if you have any suggestions for people you believe would be beneficial for me to contact regarding potential openings. I have attached my resume for your review.

Thank you for your assistance with my job search, I will keep you posted on my progress.

Kind regards

Georgia Peterson

3. When you want to meet the contact again

(To find out more about their company, their experience or gain insights into their field. This type of ‘informational’ interview could lead to a formal interview for a role or provide valuable information for your job search.)

To: Joanne Dawkins

Subject: Following-up from Tuesday’s Women in Engineering breakfast

Dear Joanne

It was a pleasure to meet you last Tuesday at the Women in Engineering breakfast. I enjoyed hearing about your work on the Royston Dam Upgrade project, and I appreciate the time you spent talking with me.

Since our conversation, I visited Carston Krednow’s website. I am very impressed by the work your company is doing, and I would enjoy talking with you about it further. I am very interested in securing employment as an engineer in this field.

I will phone or email you next week to ask you about arranging a convenient time to meet. I know you’re busy, so I will make myself available whenever you have 15-20 minutes.

Kind regards

Georgia Peterson

Summary

  • Mention the meeting and the conversation
  • Refer to something specific that came up in the conversation, especially a mutual interest
  • Mention a next step you will take.