LinkedIn Message to CEO??

I went to boarding school with the ceos son of a big 4 consulting firm. The firm is accepting applications for a summer 'finance' geared internship. I plan to reach out to his dad to see what he can offer in assistance for the internship. How can I better write my initial message?"My name is X, and I was a fellow student at X that your son, X attended. I came across your profile through a search and wanted to reach out. I'm a student at X pursuing a B.S in finance and I'm especially interested in interning at X and was intrigued by the "X Internship" this summer. I'm sure you are extremely busy, but when you have time, I'd love to chat with you to hear your advice on how I could land an internship with X this summer."
(I left my email and phone number after this part as well… not sure if I should do that though)

Comments (35)

  • Teller in Non-profit
Sep 26, 2022 - 4:56pm

You're about to jump off a bridge. A man is telling you it's foolish to jump. Then saying you didn't ask for whether to jump, but how to jump, won't save you here.

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Sep 26, 2022 - 1:55pm
NuclearPenguins, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hey I'll bite given nobody else has provided any advice:

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"Hi, I'm wea226 and I know your son very tangentially which is why I'm cold LinkedIn DM'ing you instead of asking him for an intro directly. I'm so socially inept that despite multiple people on WSO telling me not to send you this message, I'm still doing it. Anyways, I was wondering if you could fast track me through the interview process for [insert position here] at your firm - my phone number is xxx-xxx-xxxx and my email is [email protected]"

  • Associate 1 in CorpDev
Sep 26, 2022 - 2:13pm

He's going to ask his son about you and the son will eventually mention your strange approach to his friends/your former classmates. You'll risk being a pariah amongst your class. This is the amongst the weirdest networking strategies I've ever come across on this site. 

The only way to approach this CEO is by reaching out and not explicitly mentioning anything about your boarding school. You'll have to hope he sees the connection to his son's school via your LinkedIn and he agrees to have a conversation with you as basically a random guy with the slightest personal connection. 
 

This is with the assumption that you and the CEO's son didn't have a relationship or were at best not close. If this guy disliked you, do not reach out at all. 

  • Teller in Non-profit
Sep 26, 2022 - 3:04pm

Does your classmate know that you're reaching out to his dad? Awkward af if he find out after the fact…

  • VP in PE - LBOs
Sep 26, 2022 - 5:43pm

Sorry that no one is helping you. What a bunch of sarcastic jerks!

Here you go, use this it won't fail you:

"Hi Mr. (Last Name),

Hopefully this LinkedIn message finds you well! I have kidnapped your son and will brutally torture and murder him over the next 72 hours unless you fast track my application to your firm. I am NOT friends with your son, as you can probably tell from my current actions. Anyways, gotta go, let me know about that application."

Sep 29, 2022 - 10:48pm
Mumbles, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yo - did this same exact thing. Sent an email to an large MM bank CEO in 2020. The man actually responded within a few hours and even looped in HR. I get the feeling it was a ding….but still got a response.

  • Associate 1 in IB - Gen
Sep 26, 2022 - 10:25pm

Honestly it'll be weird, but the worst thing that can happen is that he won't respond. I wouldn't mention his son tho, just the area/school 

Sep 27, 2022 - 2:10pm
Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:
wea226

I went to boarding school with the ceos son of a big 4 consulting firm. The firm is accepting applications for a summer 'finance' geared internship. I plan to reach out to his dad to see what he can offer in assistance for the internship. How can I better write my initial message?"My name is X, and I was a fellow student at X that your son, X attended. I came across your profile through a search and wanted to reach out. I'm a student at X pursuing a B.S in finance and I'm especially interested in interning at X and was intrigued by the "X Internship" this summer. I'm sure you are extremely busy, but when you have time, I'd love to chat with you to hear your advice on how I could land an internship with X this summer."
(I left my email and phone number after this part as well… not sure if I should do that though)

Use less words. Be more direct.

"I'm interested in a summer internship at your company. Could you put me in touch with the hiring manager for an interview? I went to school with your son at XXX. Thanks for your time."

You don't really need to chat it up with the CEO; you just need to get a hiring manager to interview you.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Sep 27, 2022 - 7:56pm
SuiteLife, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Why not get his son/your x classmate to make the intro?

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Sep 28, 2022 - 1:49pm
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