It's hard to know what to say. The first introduction, the cold call, the follow up email. I will often hear people give the synopsis of "how that interaction is supposed to go" but I find it takes me a long time to type out those email, to have those conversations, because I want to cushion my message with some fluffy social banter. This may be an over-compensation being a scientist- I don't want people to think I am direct to the point of lacking social skills. BUT, if it takes so much time to write up one email, it's hard to move through the many emails I should be sending, yes?
I was getting schooled in job hunting the other evening by a friend who is applying for more senior positions (ie, VP). I wanted to believe that his job hunt was moving faster and going better because he had experience and a network already. That might be part of it, but a lot of it is how he goes about his hunt. He paid for the full subscription on LinkedIn. He sends a lot of notes to people. And most of those notes are crazy short. One note he sends to HR people:
"I am considering exploring opportunities at YOUR COMPANY. Can you put me in touch with someone I can speak to about this? Please let me know if I should send a resume."
He gets lots of nothing from that, but he also got a job offer out of that. And an email that short, you can afford to send 100 times a day. He doesn't spend time justifying a career move, he let's his LinkedIn profile speak for itself.
I wonder if this could work for me. I'll let you know after I've had a couple days to try it.