If you want to ask a stranger or a distant acquaintance for networking or career help, the initial email you send can determine whether you get a response or never hear anything back. Many of the people whose help you’d most like are busy and often get more email than they can respond to. And since emails from strangers often go to the bottom of the list, it’s important to craft an email that that they won’t be inclined to ignore.
Over at U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about how to write a networking email that gets a response – including being specific about what you want, being concise, and being at least somewhat flattering. You can read it here.