Sample Communications

Career Network | Informational Interview | Sample Communications

SAMPLE 1 (Letter)

Dear Ms. Kubitschek:

It was pleased to find your name on the Oberlin College LinkedIn group. I am a graduating Oberlin senior exploring a career in disability law. It has been a difficult decision for me to decide which human service sector to focus upon and whether to apply directly to Law school or to pursue a Legal Assistant position following graduation.

I am contacting you because I am interested in your direct experience in this field, as well as your perspective on the pros and cons of various law programs, and their timing, with which you may be familiar. If possible, I would like to speak with you directly; I would anticipate no longer than a 15 minute call. In advance, might I email you a list of 6-7 related questions? Perhaps you could email a reply and one or two convenient times for me to phone over the next week or so to follow up. I look forward to your email and thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely Yours,
John Doe '10

SAMPLE 2 (Letter)

Jill McCLoud
30 Pleasant Street
Oberlin, OH 02454

October 1, 2009

Mr. Thomas Perry '86
Associate Media Planner
000 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 11111

Dear Mr. Perry:

I was delighted to find your name on the OBIEWeb alumni database because I am seeking an opportunity to speak with a Oberlin alumna who is an experienced professional regarding career opportunities in advertising and public relations. Although I have had an internship with a local advertising company, I am hoping to learn more about the national and international advertising marketplace from your perspective.

As an intern for The Martin Agency in Richmond, VA, I gained an appreciation for the creative and organizational aspects of communicating effectively with targeted consumers of media. I have developed analytical, decision-making, and interpersonal skills through my studies in Art History and Economics, participation in the Student Government, and study abroad experience. My goal is to find the best way of presenting my skills and abilities to potential employers.

I would greatly appreciate having an opportunity to talk with you about your work and your point of view on effective job search strategies for graduating seniors like me. I will call you in the next week to see if we might be able to arrange a convenient time to talk. In the meantime, feel free to contact me at 781-555-5555. Thank you for considering my request.

Jill McLoud '10
Enclosure: Resume

SAMPLE 3 (Email)

Dear Mr. Kelner,

I am a second year student at Oberlin College majoring in History. In exploring the Oberlin LinkedIn group, I noticed you have been working in consulting for the past three years.

Though I have a few years remaining at Oberlin I have started exploring my next steps and wondered if you could offer thirty minutes of your time to discuss ways in which to enter the consulting industry. I feel it is important for me to gain a practical, real world, perspective about the field and hope that you will be able to share your career path. I have attached my resume for your review to offer any suggestions.

Please let me know when would be convenient time for us to talk over the phone. I am happy to work around your schedule. You can reach me at or call me at 773-111-1111 or by email at I look forward to hearing from you.

David Smith

SAMPLE 4 (Email)

Dear Ms. Ross,

I am a student at Oberlin College, and I got your name through Career Center Office. Upon graduation, I will receive my degree in Economics. My goal is to apply this degree along with the experiences acquired through internships and Honors to obtain a position in public finance. Given that you are a graduate of Wharton and you work at XYZ Public Finance Agency, I am writing to request an informational interview with you. I hope that you will allow me to speak with you either in person or over the phone for approximately thirty minutes to discuss your graduate school and professional career experience. I am particularly interested in hearing about what you do at XYZ Public Finance Agency, how you got there, and if you have any advice for someone looking to enter this field.

My schedule is flexible, and I am happy to work around your availability to meet in the near future. I can be reached at 212-998-0000 or Thank you in advance for your time, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Jane Doe

SAMPLE 5 (Phone Cold Call)

Good Morning Mr. Griffin, my name is Devon Thomas and I'm currently attending the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. I'm in my third year. I'm interested in learning about how I could set up my own teaching studio and thought you would be a good source of information and advice. Would this be a good time to talk or should I call you at a mutually convenient time? I'm glad this is convenient. I have a few questions.

I saw on OBIEweb that you are a private teacher and I've perused your personal website. Can you share your career path to you current position?...

...Thank you Mr. Griffin, it is kind of you to give me a bit of your time today. I wonder if you know of anyone else that I should speak to about this? Great, would you mind contacting to them to say that I will be in touch with them soon? I will keep you informed of my communications with them. Thanks again for your time.