Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Getting Jobs in Entertainment question 1274: Do you think it is wise to send a letter congratulating someone who was recently promoted?
... even if that person doesn't know who you are? In such a letter, I would confine my remarks to their good fortune and not try to pitch or ask them for anything. Or is it weird?"
I don't think it's weird at all. I think it's a great idea, BECAUSE you added two very important points:
1. Do not pitch the person
2. Do not ask for anything
This is a congratulatory note. It gets your name in front of the person. It may even cause the person to Google you to see if he/she knows you from somewhere. Either way, your name is in front of the person so that someday down the line, when your name is in front of him/her again, there will be a familiarity.
These types of notes are relationship builders. There should be NO agenda attached. You will most likely never hear back from the person, but that's not the point.
I like the way you're thinking!
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