What's the best way to reach out to a studio/agency asking to work with them or if they are hiring?

If you're at a studio/agency, how would you like to be reached out to by young talent?

Curious to know what advice The Dots' community has to offer!


  • @Elliott Starr Wow what a response! Thank you SO much for sharing this Elliott! So many good nuggets of advice in there, especially those emailing hacks. Brilliant!
  • @David Speed So much good advice in your reply. Thank you for sharing, David!
  • @Robyn Ambery-Smith Hi Robyn, this is super helpful, especially the tip about being more personable! I've been a bit scared to come off unprofessional in the past but I think people want to get to know the real you, so this is really great advice. Thank you for sharing!
  • @Dean Hodges Thanks for the advice Dean and for sharing the quirky stories! I wonder what they did with all the crickets...
  • @Paul Bridges Hi Paul, thank you so much for the concise and actionable advice!
  • Hi there, I don't know if this perfectly answers your question. But it is something I wrote a while back that may be generally useful career advice:


    There is an overwhelming abundance of people in the world who will:
    -read something
    -watch something
    -listen to something
    -attend something
    -meet someone
    -complete something
    And pay absolutely no thanks to the person who sweated and toiled over that thing’s creation.
    Side note
    If you read a book, chances are someone has poured hundreds, if not thousands of hours into it.
    If you attend a conference, chances are the speaker has revised and practicsed their speech more times than you’ve scrambled eggs.
    Let alone the years they have dedicated to mastering their craft. Mastering it enough that someone is willing to pay them to speak and you are willing to sit and listen.
    You might call the people above; ‘passengers’. They are not actively living their life. But rather, passively. And over time they all disappear into the same mares of their respective industries.
    Now. If you decide to be a driver in your life. If you decide to be a driver in the world. If you decide to thank people for the things they create that you find helpful and valuable…
    This also works as the perfect excuse for connecting with them. Simply to thank them.
    Now, just being objective. What are the odds of a world-renowned author or public speaker waking one day and thinking;
    “You know what. I want to make sure people enjoyed my X last month. I’m going to reach out to a single individual and ask them. And while I’m at it, I might strike up a conversation with them. I might even decide that I want a relationship of some sort with them. Who knows, I might even become their mentor.”
    It’s not impossible. But it’s definitely improbable.
    Let’s compare this with taking the very small amount of time out of your day to find the contact details of this person and emailing them. Use something like Rocket Reach. Or know that their email address is likely going to use the same URL as their website.
    So, if their website is: www.ilovechairs.com…
    Then their email address is probably going to be: jamie@ilovechairs.com.
    Or: Jamie.jones@ilovechairs.com.
    Or: jamiejones@ilovechairs.com
    Or jjones@ilovechairs.com.
    The best bit, you can try all of them at once by putting them in the BCC section of the email.
    That way, the person won’t see all of the email addresses you’ve tried that didn’t work.
    You email them with your subject line as: Re: Thank You.
    That way, it looks like you two are already talking.
    The odds of them opening that email goes through the roof.
    Then, in your email, genuinely thank them for:
    -taking the time to create the content they shared (i.e. the work that agency/ studio is making)
    -sharing the content with the world
    -doing what they do with such passion and enthusiasm
    Then tell them:
    -What were the three main things you took away from the content
    -How you are going to implement them that week, that month and that year
    Obviously, you want these things to be sincere. I wouldn't send this sort of thing to a company whom you're very jealous to work for. But then I wouldn't bother contacting a company whom you're very jealous to work for, generally.
    Sign off your email by telling them that you sincerely hope they continue to do the important, valuable work they are doing.
    Tell them that when they do, you will be the first to snap it up.
    And that’s it.
    Don’t ask for anything.
    Don’t demand anything.
    Don’t have any agenda other than making this person smile and feel good about themselves.
    Not on the first out-reach, at least.
    Make them feel like their struggle was worth it. Even if only to you.
    Do this simply to be a nice person and to not be a passenger. Do it simply to add value to their life.
    Do it to take an active role in your life. To take an active role in the world.
    You might never hear from this person again. But you know you’ve done a good thing.
    The reality is, if they are too busy or unwilling to reply to an email, the odds of you ever meeting them are already very low.
    This is where you have to think Pareto and cut your losses.
    Focus on the people who reply, rather than pestering those who don’t.
    Those who reply are offering you yet another good excuse to try and further the relationship.
    If they reply, you can use this as an opportunity to offer to buy them a coffee to say thank you. (Notice, you’re still communicating that you are adding value to their life here. Rather than communicating that you are trying to take it/ add it to your own.)
    Chances are, they will end up paying. (If they’re a published author or public speaker, they’re likely not impoverished.)
    Remind them that when one teaches, two learn. (Still adding value).
    And who knows, you might be striking up a relationship sooner than you think.
  • This is what I look for, so may not be universal advice!

    Don't ever use a template. I can smell them a mile away.

    Be concise, sell yourself in as few words as possible. don't focus on you, and how great you are, focus on the value you can bring the employer.

    Stand out. I will watch the first 30 seconds of a video specially made for the role. I won't read a clearly cut and paste essay.

    Build a relationship. This can be done in many ways, but making something bespoke for the employer or offering to help out at an event they're running is a good way to start a human dialogue before employment is mentioned.

    Your time is better spent crafting one email for a company you really align with, over one hundred template emails for any old job.

    Make the employers job easy. I don't have time to email you back and ask you to send work examples, make sure everything is included.

    Don't get disheartened if you don't land the first job. Keep going!
  • I'd recommend either finding out who manages their recruitment process or who heads up the department you're looking to work in and sending them an informal email, telling them a bit more about your experience, your current situation and why you think you'd be a great addition to their team. I get numerous emails a day from propsective candidates and the ones who stand out are always the ones that are a bit more personable and where you can tell it hasn't just been a 'copy and paste' job, even if it has!
  • If i am not hiring (haven’t posted a job ad anywhere) i would like to be sent an email as follows:

    Hello Taleb,

    I know you are not hiring as I haven’t seen you post a job ad anywhere, but looking at your content, i saw that you might consider this service/skill i am offering for a special free trial (7 days): [insert your offer here]

    If you would like to know more about it, reply to this or visit this link to show you relevant case studies of similar professionals who bought my service [link to case study]


    If you do not have any relevant case studies to show me, you might want to share one from a competitor with focusing on specifics why your service is better.

    Let’s say you are a content writer and you want to help my agency craft better content.

    When you show a case study of a competitor, highlight where you could do it better. Make the correction on the piece of content your competitor wrote.

    Let’s say your competitor helped an agency create LinkedIn posts that got them leads, check the whole process or journey, see where the content writer could have perfected a step but did not.

    Jump in and show how you would do it and how would this help our agency land more leads with your strategy.

    I would hire you on the spot for a 7-day trial and if i find results, you’re hired for at least the next 3 months.

    Wishing you all the best.
  • I still think picking up the dog and bone is still the best method. Do your research, email the day before and follow up. If all else fails and you really really wanted to work for them provide a review on some of their work. I’ve seen it work first hand “if I had this project I would have done...”

    And finally, Paul Arden has some great ideas from an Ad agency. Outside Saatchi someone had painted their contact details on the wall. Another student sent a box of crickets with his CV. Both got their attention and both got them a role - LOL
  • Most studios have an email just for jobs/internships, so you can reach out to them using that! They should reply letting you know if they have any vanancies or not. Remember to attach your CV/portfolio in the email!
  • Also don't be scared to be personal: if there's a project of the studio you like or something about their philosophy resonates with you, tell them :)

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