Asked by Tanya on March 18, 2017
Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on March 20, 2017
If this is for a prospective job, I would recommend emailing the new contact. Be sure to mention how you received their contact information and what you are reaching out regarding. This will give them some time to digest the information, rather than being caught off guard with a phone call. It is also much more professional than a text.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on March 22, 2017
If this is for a potential job or networking, I would recommend reaching out via email. A text is informal and unprofessional and a phone call may catch the person off guard. I would agree that it is best to allow the person to digest the information first and think through how they can best assist you or proceed.
When reaching out, it is important to first introduce yourself and explain where/how you received their contact information. Keep your email brief but explain why you are reaching out, your interests and include a copy of your resume.