A different kind of cold e-mail

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Yes, I realize there are many posts about cold emailing and I think I have the basics down, but this situation seems a little tricky...

In Japan teaching (so completely unrelated to career goals), I applied a couple of weeks ago for a position with a major American company here and got an email back rejecting me (it isn't something that they hire annually, more what seems to be a special, one-time hiring issue). Since then, I have seen they posted the position again (making me think they didn't get any good candidates the first time around). I also found the contact information for someone listed in my alumni database (although, he's actually a parent) who is a partner at the firm. Since this is kind of an immediate situation, I'm not sure what I should say in order to get through to him that I'm hoping to get the job. With other alumni in the country, I've just been asking for tips/advice/insight into how to get started here in Japan, but this is for a specific job with a job (re)posting that is about two weeks old, so I feel like time is of the essence. Should I just say "I saw FIRM NAME had a posting for JOB TITLE, I'm wondering how to best position myself for an interview" or should I say something more along the lines of do you have any advice in general and then if he responds, turn the conversation towards that specific job...

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Comments (8)

Apr 19, 2012

Definitely the latter. Connect with them first then mention the specific position.

Apr 19, 2012

Thanks, when I bring it up, should I let him know I applied (and got rejected) or should I just say I saw the posting. I actually think I'm a pretty good fit (it's entry level), not sure why I didn't get to the interview...

Apr 19, 2012

dont cold e-mail. its far too informal. send them a hand written letter in an envelope sealed with candle wax

GBS

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Feb 14, 2019

lmao

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Apr 19, 2012

Hmmm, I'm not sure if I can procure candle wax in time, do you think ear wax would be a good enough alternative?

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Apr 20, 2012

Don't forget to sign with blood...or if you have the time, semen.

Apr 20, 2012

dont say anything about getting rejected.

Feb 15, 2019
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