Twice now, cold emails have helped me significantly in my career. The first allowed me to gain valuable advice, which led to freelance opportunities and a summer internship. The second helped me get my current job.
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My experience may not have been quite as dramatic, but it has still been crucial to my progress.
The first time I sent one, I was a 19-year-old tennis fanatic and undergrad studying journalism, trying to figure out how to get a summer internship. Since I dreamed of writing professionally about tennis and had been writing my own blog about the sport since high school, I decided to check out profiles on LinkedIn for potential contacts.
The profile of one potential contact, Nick, stood out: Nick had interned at Tennis Magazine, a publication I had dreamed about writing for that summer. I looked at his personal website, found an email address and brainstormed my next step.
Should I send an email?, I wondered. What should I say? How long should it be? How formal should I be? What if I never get a response?