I just wanted to get a good sense of what the people that are receiving the cold e-mails are thinking. Do most of you think that this is another kid looking to get a job or a kid that is genuinely looking for advice.
Considerations for writing an email to alumni
Alumni are some of the best people to reach out to while job/internship hunting. They can help you land interviews and introduce you to new contacts.
Always approach them respectfully. Write a short, honest, and humble note. This shows two things, that you respect their time and that you are direct. If an alumnus is able to help you be responsive and keep in touch with them. This will show your thankfulness for their help.
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I have received (when I was working) and sent while in school and when I used to get hit up with emails I was always happy to help and speak to them. As long as the email was polite.
I tend to think that those people who have gotten jobs through emailing and networking are a little more responsive than others. Only a few times have I helped someone and had a less than great experience.