Entering industry can feel pretty terrifying from the outside, and this is only amplified when you don’t have people you can turn to for guidance. The pack’s directory section offers the chance to get in touch with experienced and trailblazing professionals, especially for those who are underrepresented in the industry.
Since it can be hard to know how to reach out to new contacts, we asked Shanice to share her advice on using the directory and how to open up the conversation:
Research new contacts before reaching out
“I think it’s really important to show that you’ve done your research on the person or people you are reaching out to.”
Tell them why you admire them or their work
“It might sound silly or cliché, but be complimentary,” she says. “Point out something you might have seen them do in the past or something you feel like you have similarities in.”
Be clear about what you want
“It’s also important to be intentional: what is the point of you reaching out? Would you like an opportunity to work, is it mentoring, or are you just growing your network? Establish that before you start the conversation, and if you don’t know, be honest and say that too. But ultimately, be nice and be humble. People will appreciate that.”