Neal Kaplan I'm a director of technical communications working for a data analysis startup in Redwood City. I started as a technical writer, and since then I've also been learning about information architecture, training, content strategy, and even something about customer support. I'm also passionate about cross-team collaboration and user communities.

What does it mean to justify your work?

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To justify a decision, action, or idea is to show that it’s reasonable.

How do you politely ask for a job opportunity?

  • Information about the job is more important than the job’s availability.
  • General advice is something you should ask for.
  • Don’t ask about a job, focus on building a relationship.
  • A letter of interest can be sent by email.
  • To be noticed by the hiring manager, find ways to stand out.

When new opportunities do arise, your network of contacts can keep you in the know.

Showing interest in the position by asking for more information is more effective than simply asking if they can get you a job or if they can “put in a good word” for you at the hiring company. Rather than bombarding the person with requests to secure you a position, ask the person for advice as to how you can go about getting the job you are after.

Similar to the previous example, you should try to build relationships during networking events or informational interviews instead of simply asking for jobs. Fostering relationships within your industry’s network can have many benefits and can also lead to securing a position without you having to ask.

In your letter of interest, highlight one of the organization’s achievements or other well-known qualities and then let the hiring manager know how your own skills or experience would contribute to the company. You should include your most up-to-date resume and any additional documents that show your skills and qualifications for the position you are interested in. An online portfolio on a website dedicated to your accomplishments is an example of how you could take an original approach to how you introduce yourself in the initial correspondence.

If you take the time to set yourself apart from other candidates, you will be more memorable to the hiring manager before they even interview you for the position.

How do you ask for a job opportunity?

  • It’s not a job to ask for information.
  • Candidates should reach out to the person they want to work for, not the hiring manager.
  • Networking and directly reaching out to hiring managers can be done through research.
  • Informational interviews are not about asking for a job.
Neal Kaplan I'm a director of technical communications working for a data analysis startup in Redwood City. I started as a technical writer, and since then I've also been learning about information architecture, training, content strategy, and even something about customer support. I'm also passionate about cross-team collaboration and user communities.

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