Hello _______________. My name is _____________________, and your name came highly recommended to me by _________________________. I have an extensive background in _______________, and I am very interested in the _______________ field. I’m told that you are knowledgeable about this area and I would like to ask you a few questions to better understand work in this field. Would you be able to meet with me in the next week or two to give me some advice and information?
Manager: “Our Company is not hiring.”
Well, actually, I wasn’t expecting a job interview, __________________; I was hoping more for an informational meeting to help me decide about my career path. I’ve always been interested in ______________, and advice from someone like you about how to get started in the field would be invaluable to me.