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How many times have you replied to a job ad via e-mail by shooting them a copy of your resume and cover letter? Related: 7 Features Of Effective E-Cover Letters I’m going to venture a guess and say at least 20 (but more likely hundreds of times) if you've been searching for any significant length of time.

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A cold call cover letter is sent by a job seeker to a company, hoping that they might get a call for an interview (even though they haven’t applied for a job). In order to be effective, a cold call cover letter needs to be short, relevant and thoroughly researched. It should only be targeted to the company you’re writing. The advantage of sending a cold call letter is that the prospective employer might have openings in the future for which he might consider the job seeker who has already submitted his qualifications. Follow these steps to write an effective cold call letter:

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Last week, I received an info interview request from a total stranger as a direct message on LinkedIn. And despite my very busy schedule, I decided to take his call. Over the weekend, I asked myself, “Why did I agree?” Let’s take his e-mail apart and put it into four essential elements so you can use them in your own LinkedIn networking communications. Networking with strangers on LinkedIn can give you great results if you're deliberate in the process. First, here’s the e-mail I got over LinkedIn from J.:

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