Wait, How Do I Write This Email?

Wait, How Do I Write This Email?

by Danny Rubin

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Overview

In his comprehensive guide, communications expert Danny Rubin provides more than 100 email/document templates for networking, the job search and LinkedIn. With each template, Danny saves you time and takes the stress out of professional email writing. Page after page, Danny offers detailed instructions for networking (ex: how to contact alumni from your school) and the job search (ex: how to apply even if the company has no openings at the time). He also includes smart LinkedIn templates, memorable handwritten notes, the outline for a powerful one-page resume and a fresh cover letter strategy with a focus on storytelling. Wait, How Do I Write This Email? is a must-have resource for high school and college student, recent grade, entreneurs, the military community, people who return to the job market after several years and anyone else who needs to form new business relationships.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996349925
Publisher: News To Live By, LLC
Publication date: 10/28/2016
Sales rank: 264,379
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Author's Notes xv

Chapter 1 How to Write Everything Better 1

How to be Brief 1

The one question every great communicator asks 2

How to improve everything you write in three minutes 3

"Filler" words to cut out and why 4

How to remove big sections of text 6

Why you shouldn't use adverbs 12

Quit the fancy talk 13

Bring all the lessons together 15

The best way to do a final edit 17

How to be Interesting 19

Quantify quantify quantify 19

Always go one layer deeper 20

The power of a wrinkle 22

Be a name dropper 24

Four sneaky words that diminish our work 24

Chapter 2 How to Send Emails like a Pro 27

The Guides 27

How to address people properly 27

Make your point at the beginning 30

Careful with acronyms 32

Let the words breathe 33

Seven words you should not capitalize 34

How to craft an effective email signature 37

Assume the person might forward your email 42

Finish out every conversation 43

Next-Level Techniques 45

When to use exclamation points in work emails 45

Why you don't add the email address until you're ready to send 50

Why you need a #personalhashtag 50

Chart: How long to wait before a follow-up email 52

Chapter 3 Networking Templates 55

General Networking 55

How to set up a networking meeting 55

How to send a thank-you note after a networking meeting 57

How to inquire about freelance opportunities 59

How to congratulate someone on a job well done 60

How to tell your network you're looking for new opportunities 61

How to reconnect with a friend or colleague 63

Quick Tip - "Ten Commandments" of networking emails 64

Networking Events/Groups 65

How to write someone from a networking event about a job 65

How to write someone from a networking event about new business 67

How to follow up if a person handed you a business card 68

How to join networking groups in your community 70

Quick Tip-The secret to a strong networking subject line 72

Relationship Building 73

How to network with alumni from your school 73

How to connect two people who should know each other 74

How to ask for a conversation with a professional in your field 75

How to ask a person to help you in a mentor capacity 77

How to ask someone for career advice or direction 78

How to ask someone you respect to review your work 80

How to make someone aware of you as a subject matter expert 82

How to ask if you can guest post on a blog or website 84

How to thank the person for allowing you to guest post 86

Quick Tip-Six most powerful words in networking 87

Tricky Situations 89

How to respond to an awkward email 89

How to tell people you changed jobs 90

How to follow up if someone said he/she would pass along your resume 92

How to ask for a reply if a person doesn't answer in a timely manner 93

How to write a friend of a friend about a potential job opening 94

How to ask someone to make an introduction on your behalf 95

How to network during the busy holiday season 97

How to fill out "Contact Us" boxes 98

Quick Tip - Follow up if you don't receive a response 100

Thank-You Notes 101

How to thank a co-worker or client who went above and beyond 101

How to thank someone for connecting you to another person 102

How to thank an employee at an internship or a new job 103

How to thank someone for a referral that led to a business deal 104

How to thank someone for a referral that led to a new job 105

Quick Tip - The "I can email you my questions" strategy 106

Chapter 4 Job Search Templates 107

Job Search Overview 107

Quick Tip - "Ten Commandments" of job search emails 108

How to apply for a job and attach a resume/cover letter 108

How to apply for a job at the same place where you've been turned down 110

How to ask about internships or an internship application 111

How to ask about job opportunities as a recent grad 112

How to apply even if the company has no openings at the time 114

How to email a friend/acquaintance at the company before an interview 116

How to thank someone after a job interview 119

Quick Tip - The secret to a strong job search subject line 121

Response Emails 122

How to reply when you don't land the job/internship 122

How to tell people who helped you network that you landed the job 123

How to tell people who helped you network that you didn't land the job 124

How to turn down an internship 126

How to turn down a job offer 127

How to make sure the company received your job application 128

How to reply when the employer writes, "We have your application, thanks" 129

How to reply when the employer writes, "Your interview is scheduled for…" 130

Quick Tip-Use the right words to defeat resume-scanning robots 131

Making Connections 132

How to ask for a letter of recommendation 132

How to follow up with an employer you met at a job fair 134

How to network with someone you met at a job fair 135

How to ask someone you know for help with the job search 137

How to ask someone you don't know for help with the job search 138

How to ask someone you worked under to be a reference 140

How to ask someone you didn't work under to be a reference 141

Quick Tip - How to title documents like resumes and cover letters 142

Informational Interviews 143

How to ask as a recent grad with no connection at the company 143

How to ask as a recent grad with a connection at the company 145

How to ask if you're unemployed with no connection at the company 146

How to ask if you're unemployed with a connection at the company 148

How to thank someone after an informational interview 150

Engage with Recruiters 151

How to tell a recruiter you're interested in a job 151

How to thank a recruiter after an interview or initial screen 153

How to follow up on a hiring decision 154

How to respond to a rejection 155

Chapter 5 Linkedln Templates 157

Grow Your Network 157

How to send effective Linkedln invites 158

How to write a networking message 159

How to network with someone who sent you a connection 160

How to network with someone after he/she accepts your connection 161

How to ask someone to give you a recommendation 163

How to write someone you met through a Linkedln group 164

Linkedln Profile 165

How to write a strong profile summary 165

Profile summaries for college students, recent grads and the unemployed 167

How to write about your work experience 170

How to ask a recruiter to review your Linkedln profile and make suggestions 171

Chapter 6 Handwritten Notes 173

The Essentials 173

The general rules of a proper letter 173

Why and when to send a handwritten note 174

How to thank someone after a networking meeting 175

How to thank someone after a job interview 175

How to thank someone who went above and beyond 176

Chapter 7 Graduate School Templates 177

Basics for Back to School 177

How to contact a faculty member before you apply to the program 177

How to contact a faculty member while you're in school to learn about his/her work 179

How to contact a current student before you apply to the program 180

How to network among classmates 181

How to ask a professor for a letter of recommendation 183

How to ask an employer or former employer for a letter of recommendation 184

How to thank a professor or employer for a letter of recommendation 185

Chapter 8 Phone Conversations 189

How to Talk the Talk 189

Nine times you should pick up the phone instead of send an email 189

How to introduce yourself properly 190

How to make the other person feel important 190

How to ask about internship opportunities 191

How to make sure the company received your job application 191

How to prepare for an interview (phone, Skype or Google+ Hangout) 192

Chapter 9 The Power of Stories 195

Cover Letters 195

Why you should tell stories in cover letters 195

Outline for the storytelling cover letter 197

Cover letter example if you're a recent grad 198

Cover letter example if you have work experience 199

More Storytelling Opportunities 202

Reference letters 202

Job interviews 203

Chapter 10 Effective Resumes 207

The Fundamentals 207

How to write an impressive objective statement 207

How to make any job look remarkable 209

Professional resume template 211

How to keep your resume to one page 215

Please don't use those little black dots 217

How to account for resume gaps 218

Chapter 11 List Posts with a Purpose 221

The Lists 221

4 questions everyone should ask in a job interview 221

9 reasons every 20-something needs a side hustle 223

10 reasons every 20-something should spend time in a big city 225

17 things you are 100% capable of doing right now 227

25 things every young professional should know by age 25 228

101 skills I learned after two years of blogging 230

Conclusion 237

Thank You 239

Classroom Activities 243

Index 253

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Wait, How Do I Write This Email? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Danny's book is such a great tool to use while applying for jobs or in the interview process. He came into speak to my class a few days ago and had insightful information that I never thought of using in my interviews. I just had an informational interview today and with his help, I was able to really understand the concept of how an interview should go and what to do in particular situations. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to get a land their dream job!
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Josh Cramer for Reader Views (01/17) As an English professor, I have read many books and articles on writing, but have found very few I could recommend to my students. Usually, I’m limited to books every writer knows like “Eats, Shoots and Leaves.” With “Wait, How Do I Write This Email?” by Danny Rubin, I finally have an additional book to recommend to all of my previous and future students. As much as I enjoyed the whole book (in these 200 pages, Danny Rubin includes many templates for not only writing the titular emails, but also how to network, write handwritten notes, resumes, and more which are well worth the read and that I know I’ll be using again and again), these sections aren’t the true strength of this book. No, the true power of Rubin’s book can be found in the first 25 pages. What can be this good that it would overshadow the professional templates and other advice? It’s a chapter on what Rubin calls “How to Write Everything Better” and he’s right. He focuses on the two most important criteria of professional writing: how to be brief and how to be interesting. Usually, when it comes to writing, there are two schools I’ve found: either the writing will be overflowing with flowery language that doesn’t really add anything of value, or the writing will be trimmed to the barebones until it is a lifeless husk that offers no insight. Neither is a good alternative. What Rubin offers is a compromise between these two schools: 1. First, cut out all superfluous information 2. Second, add in wrinkles to make the writing informative and sticky This is truly the foundation of the book. Whatever you write should be pared down to the barebones, but then built back up until it is sticky. For example, which of these statements sticks out to you more (taken from Rubin’s book): “After college, I taught English at a school in China.” OR “After college, I taught English speaking skills for one year to a group of 25 school-age boys at a school in rural China, more than 1,000 miles from the nearest major city.” Which one of these provides a more thorough picture for you? Which one will stick with you even after you stop reading this review? By the time you finish “Wait, How Do I Write This Email?” by Danny Rubin, your first question when reviewing your writing will be, “Do I need this?” In the case of this book, that answer is, “Yes, I do.”