EXAMPLE LETTERS TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND NETWORK WITH VENTURE CAPITAL AND PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTORS
The example cover letters on this page illustrate a job search technique that many aren’t familiar with. This isn’t a job search technique for everyone, but accomplished professionals, senior managers, and executives can often receive great referrals for positions in the hidden job market from venture capital and private equity firms.
The venture capital/private equity investors networking cover letters on this page use a strategy that we’ve found to be very effective when contacting VC and PE firms. Rather than using the opportunity to ask about openings within the portfolio companies (the companies they invest in), use the letter to introduce yourself, begin to establish rapport, and then ask for advice and introductions–exactly as you would with your own networking contacts.
If you are an executive seeking to join a board of directors, reaching out to VC and PE firms may generate leads for you, as well.
Distinctive Career Services maintains access to a database of most of the venture capital and private equity investors located in the United States and Canada. For many of our executive clients, we are able to develop a list of firms that have financial interest in industries of interest to you, and then help them send their resume and an introductory, personalized cover letter to each. If this is a service that interests you, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation so we can discuss your needs and help you develop an action plan.