Networking Letter

The following document is only intended to be an example of content and formatting. Please note that a networking letter should be no more than one page long when printed out.

If you are mailing a physical letter, include the recipient's name and address and the date at the top of the letter.

For assistance with job search documents, please contact the Engineering Career Envoys or stop by during their office hours.


Ms. R. E. Cruiter
Human Resources Manager, XYZ Paper Company

Dear Ms. Cruiter:

Dr. B. A. Teacher, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State, suggested that I get in touch with you. Dr. Teacher is my academic adviser and he thought that you would be an excellent contact to answer a few questions about my career path.

As a Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate student, I am still exploring which career path to pursue. At this point, I am considering the possibilities of working in ceramics, metallurgy, or polymers. I would like to get your advice on the long-term career prospects for these areas, as well as a better understanding of the type of work that an engineer with a Materials Science and Engineering degree might do at XYZ Company.

I will contact you by phone next week to arrange a brief meeting at your convenience.  Thank you for considering my request.


Stu Dent


Engineering Career Resources & Employer Relations

College of Engineering

117 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-863-1032