There is one form of writing I hate most: networking emails. There are many different kinds of networking emails, such as:
- Cold-emails (I don’t know you, but plz help me get job thx)
- Warm-emails (You were in a student org 6 years ago that I’m now involved in, help me get a job plz & thx)
- Post-event emails (We chatted for 4 minutes in a circle at Pizza House with 6 other students, plz help me get an interview)
- Post-call emails (Thanks for spending 45 awkward minutes on the phone)
- Post-interview emails (thx 4 ur time, it was great to chat about ___, thx, etc)
After recruiting with at least 10 companies, I’ve probably sent at least 100 networking emails in the past couple months. These emails are rarely longer than 3-6 sentences long, but usually take me at least 15-20 minutes to write. It’s infuriating. I’m constantly asking myself questions like “How do I mention our common interest in soccer in a way that makes this person remember me, but not in a way that makes me come across as extremely fake?” Or I’ll spend my time making my email sound less repetitive so I don’t use the word ‘chatting’ three times. The frustrating thing is that none of these specific choices ever really affect the reader, because the people reading these emails will likely skim them. But this doesn’t stop me from spending forever writing them. Having to write a personalized follow-up email to someone you connected with is incredibly easy, but unfortunately you can’t connect with everyone well. Not having to write these emails is probably the best part about being done with recruiting. Bureaucracy is fun.