Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Thursday, August 28, 2014
How exciting! With graduation quickly approaching, I am glad to see you are starting to plan ahead and utilize your networks well in advance. I’m impressed!
I might advise taking a slightly different approach than the other respondent, though. I think it’s alright for your mom to reach out to her colleagues and provide your contact info, but I think you need to take control of the conversations that ensue, to demonstrate your professionalism and independence.
In her message, your mom can state that she appreciates in advance any help or suggestions that her colleagues can provide to you both. She can list your cell number and your personal email address, and then mention that you will be contacting them each directly. But that’s where I thinks she needs to exit the process.
I’ve seen firsthand that some professionals really seem to resent parental involvement in children’s job searches, and they question why new grads are sometimes unable to handle this type of outreach on their own. For that reason, I would be cautious about how much you allow your mom to be involved. It sounds like she has absolutely wonderful intentions, and I definitely commend her for bringing you into her circles, but it may be perceived in a negative light if she does too much on your behalf.
Once your mom has let them know that you will be making contact, follow-up and send a professional email to each individual (not a group email). So far as verbiage goes, I would write something that is fairly neutral, perhaps to the following effect:
Per a previous communication from (your mom’s name), I’m following up with a brief email to introduce myself. I’d love the opportunity to hear your expertise and receive some work-related advice, so please let me know how best to get in touch with you, or if you’d prefer to continue this conversation via email.
I’m happy to be flexible around your busy schedule, and deeply appreciate any insight you can give me, as I prepare for the job market. I admire both your role and this organization, and look forward to exploring things further. And if there is ever anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate to ask.
Thanks in advance,
(your full name)
(your contact info repeated beneath this)”
Hope that helps! The subject line can be something like, “Strengthening my professional network / Thanks in advance for your expertise.”
*You may want to approach this in a similar way to initiating a mentorship…see a sister Jobipedia posting here: http://bit.ly/1tHEXBx