What's wrong with my cold email?

I'm only getting around a 15% response rate for my emails and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong or if this is expected from cold emails.

Subject Line: XXX university student seeking career information or XXX university student reaching out (for alumni)

Hello Mr/Ms,

My name is XXX and I am a [grade level] majoring in Finance at the XXX university. I am interested to learn more about investment banking and [Firm Name] in particular. Would you have some time next week for a quick call? I would appreciate the chance to learn about your experiences and any advice you could give me.

My name

Any critiques are appreciated

Comments (12)

Sep 13, 2018

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Hope that helps.

Sep 15, 2018

I would change the subject line to something shorter like "quick talk" or "introduction". However, 15% is a good response rate and the email looks good so just keep going

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Sep 15, 2018

Alright thank you.

Sep 15, 2018

No matter how good a cold email is its still pretty hard to get even a majority of people to respond to it.

Sep 15, 2018

I get you're going for volume but mention something about that person's career path that would endear them to your own. 100s of these come through every year.

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Oct 16, 2018

How would I do that?

Sep 15, 2018

It's short and sweet - which is good. But maybe a sentence or two about how you know them, or any sort of commonality to make them somewhat interested in helping you would be a nice touch

Oct 16, 2018

I don't really have anything in common with the people I am emailing. I had a line about "I found your information through Linkedin" but it seemed a little bit generic and unnecessary. Do you have any suggestions for a sentence to get people a little more interested?

Oct 16, 2018

Literally anything - I noticed the path you've followed resembles the one I plan to take, maybe?

Sep 16, 2018

Add 1-2 lines that are customized to that person. It shows that you're not just copying/pasting the same email to everyone else.

Politely follow up after a week or so because maybe they did see it but forgot to respond. If they still don't reply, move on.

Oct 16, 2018

Do you have an example of a customization? I didn't want to be overly personal or say something that might trip me up so I'm sort of lost as to what I should put.

Sep 17, 2018