This is a sample informational interview request to a person who you have no LinkedIn or social connection to – but you do have common interests or background – to learn about making a career transition.
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Dear (First Name),
I am an active member of the Northeast surfing community in New York and New Jersey, a volunteer with charity surf events and a supporter of the surf community, which, as you know, was recently hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.
For the last 12 years I’ve worked in business development and operations management in the health and fitness industry. I am currently considering a career transition into the surfing industry – It’s an industry I am passionate about, and I am confident my background, skillset, and personality would add value to the right company.
I am writing to you specifically as I came across your profile on LinkedIn, and we seem to have some things in common: former athletes, both with backgrounds in finance, and a passion for the boarding lifestyle (surf and snow).
I would like to ask you some questions about Quiksilver and suitable careers in the action sports apparel industry so I can find where the intersection of my skills, experience and passion is in your industry.
I would be extremely grateful for 15 minutes or so of your time for an informational interview. Your professional advice would be invaluable. I’m confident that your firsthand knowledge and experience can assist me in figuring out the best way to move my career forward.
Thank you for considering my request. If you would reach back out to me I’d be grateful.
[Your phone number]
[Your email address]
[Link to Your LinkedIn Profile]