Getting started on networking might feel a little daunting, but we are here to help.

Here are some sample communications that can guide your outreach to alums through UVM Connect and LinkedIn. Consider dropping by the Career Center for help crafting a message of your own, or use these samples as inspiration as you reach out to alums or prospective employers.

UVM Connect Messages

Dear Mr. DeSoto,

As a senior at the University of Vermont, I am currently exploring career options and am setting up informational interviews with alums in the finance field. I found your profile on UVM Connect, noticed that you were also a Political Science major, and was wondering if you’d be willing to share some advice regarding pursuing a career in finance.

Would it be possible for us to schedule a time to talk on the phone for 20 minutes? I’d be very grateful for any suggestions you might have.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your reply.

Sarah Bevin 

Hello Sidney,

I am a 2018 UVM alum with a degree in English. I found your profile on UVM Connect and was wondering if we could set up a time to speak, on the phone or in person, for 30 minutes about your work and career path.

I am exploring my options for work and am interested in finding out more about merchandising. Since graduation, I have worked as an Account Executive in advertising sales with Time Inc. While I greatly enjoy communicating with clients and developing advertising, I've found that sales is not the right fit for me. Any insight or advice you would be willing to share about merchandising would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards,
Robert Cross

LinkedIn Messages

Hello Robin,

I am a UVM senior studying Public Communication and am interested in a career in publishing. I am wondering if we could arrange a half hour to meet, on the phone or in person, about your work at Random House and your career path.

Thank you for your time.

Dear Ms. Brown,

As a UVM'er interested in pursuing law school, I was excited to see your profile on LinkedIn. I am wondering if we could connect here on the platform and set up a half hour to meet about your career and experiences in law school. I look forward to your reply.

Thank you,

The University of Vermont Career Center Division of Student Affairs


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