Sample Networking or Informational Interview Letter

This sample letter provides an example of an aspiring photographer asking for advice and information from an expert in the field of photography.

Name
Street Address
City, State, Zip

Joe Phoenix
Owner/Entrepreneur
Phoenix Photography
Green Bay, WI 54311

Dear Mr. Phoenix:

While reviewing the Phoenix Network through the Career Services offered by the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, I found your name on a list of people who have volunteered to provide career-related advice to students. As a student in the university's Communication program, I am developing a strong interest in pursuing photography as a career. I would be very interested in speaking with you about your experiences as a professional photographer.

I recently began a position at the Camera Corner, a local photography studio and retail store. I have always been interested in photography, which prompted me to register for the Introduction to Photography course that will be offered next fall.

In your opinion, what are the positive and negative aspects of this field? What advantages or disadvantages are inherent in different college majors? What types of experiences would you recommend?

I would greatly appreciate an opportunity to consider your thoughts about the field of photography. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

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