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Templates for Cold DM to founders for an internship

Templates for Cold DM to founders for an internship

The art of writing an excellent cold dm/email has much more to do with the receiver than with the sender. A cold dm is never about you. It is about the prospective organizations, the recruiter, or the hiring manager you want to work with and how your services can make their work easier.

You already know various hacks for writing one good DM. So, let’s find one of many templates that have worked for many. Send cold DMs using these techniques.

What should your cold dm look like?

To craft the art of DMing, you must be careful about the following.

πŸ¦„ Be genuine

Don’t write something you can’t explain if it comes back in the conversation. Research the position/organization to write better. Build a relationship with the receiver.

🀏 Be specific

They know they are doing great work. Talk about the part that caught your eye. Mention what you like about their organization, work, and experience. Remember, no one likes a generic message.

🎯 Be precise

They don’t have the whole day to read your message. Don't use jargon.

🧁 Be sweet

Nobody wants to read a text saying, β€œyour product sucks for whatever reason, and hire me” β€”when you probably haven’t built anything and writing the DM to offer your services.

Let’s apply all three and see where it can lead us β€”

This will be helpful when the organization's career page is not showing any openings for the position you want to apply for.

For example, if you are a final-year student doing an engineering degree in CS and want an internship, then this is how your DM should look like β€”


Hello ______,

Hope you are doing well. I enjoy _(something you liked about the organization), especially this ___(go in specifics β€” make sure it is something that you want to work on/with).

I am reaching out to know if there is an internship position that might open soon as I would love to learn from the team of _____ and contribute to the organization to the best of my knowledge.

I am an engineer specializing in CS, currently in my final year. Here is my work profile containing all the contributions, similar projects, and internships I have done for the last four years.

Thanks,

_____


You can change this template according to your need. For instance, if you notice a button missing from the organization's website that could help the user experience better β€” mention precisely how that will work in the DM.

You will often find someone from the organization who is easily approachable to increase the chances of getting the response. Here is the template to write a cold DM β€”


Hello __,

Hope you are doing well. I enjoy _(something you liked about the organization), especially this ___(go in specifics β€” make sure it is something that you want to work on/with).

I would love to learn from the team of _____ and contribute to the organization to the best of my knowledge.

I am an engineer specializing in CS, currently in my final year. Here is my work profile containing all the contributions, projects, and internships I have done over the last four years.

I was wondering if you could connect me with the hiring person.

Thanks,

______


Twitter is one of the platforms that has become a good source for getting hired. So if you want to leverage it, then the following template can help you.

Remember these before sending cold outreach messages on Twitter β€”

  1. Don’t forget to research the person. Find mutual connections.
  2. Your profile should represent you.
  3. There should be a display picture and a bio mentioning something that you do/like.
  4. You must have interacted with the person through comments, likes, and retweets you are DMing in the past β€” the goal is to be a part of their notification tab now and then.
  5. Don’t spam. Most people come over to Twitter to have fun.

Hey _,

Hope you are doing well. I enjoy your tweets (mention the tweet/thread that you liked) as much as I enjoy __(mention something they might share on other platforms - their articles, podcasts, books they read).

I am reaching out to you to see if there is an internship position that could fit my profile.

I am an engineer specializing in CS, currently in my final year.

Thanks,

____


The last two are the versions of the first one mentioned to show you a clear picture of how you can leverage them for different platforms.

Follow-up DM/Email

Many of you send DMs/emails but don’t follow up for some reason. That’s the practice that needs to change.

A follow-up email/dm template that can use mostly every time β€”


Hello _,

I am sure you are very busy, but I never heard back from you - I completely understand if you do not have time, but if you do, I look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks,

______


To understand in detail the points mentioned above, check out this β€”

One cold email can completely change your life.

Here’s how to write a great one:

β€” Sahil Bloom (@SahilBloom) October 15, 2022

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