How do I communicate employment enthusiasm without alienating anyone?
July 23, 2010 12:55 PM Subscribe
How do I explain a belated e-mail in a professional context? And how does one write a letter of inquiry to someone who already has the job? Bean-plate overthinking inside.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Two months ago, I got in touch with an employer who has a job I really want. This job starts in November (interviews haven't started yet), is pretty far out of my field, but is also really interesting and something I care a lot about; additionally, it's a position where experience is not a hard and fast requirement. Being aware of my relative lack of knowledge, I asked the employer if there were any qualifications I could work on developing in the intevening months that could make me a stronger candidate. They suggested I get in touch with the person who currently holds the job, and said they cc'd him on the e-mail. Thing is, they either used bcc or didn't cc him, so I didn't have his e-mail address, and I've never heard back from him.
I've since done a little scouting and got his e-mail address, and I do want to talk to him more about qualifications for the position. Should I address the two-month gap in the correspondence chain when I e-mail him? Additionally, in an e-mail of this type should I be asking "are you open to talking to me" and setting up a phone call, or should I just launch into the questions? Super extra bonus points for any suggestions anyone has to help me convey my enthusiasm and committment without harassing these potential employers. Thanks!
Anonymous because my real name is linked to my Metaname, and I don't want to confuse things with my current employer. Throwaway e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.