Friday, March 02, 2007

Requesting assistance (yet again)

I need to get my shit together and email the family friend who works for the other family friend about his job because I'm interested in becoming his coworker.

Okay. That was confusing. Let's just say that, within my parent's circle of friends, there's someone who owns a business and someone else's son who works for him. Business Owner is in the process of expanding his company; there is a strong possibility that I can work for him if I am interested.

My mom got me the underling's email address. She is pressuring me to email him before I ever approach Business Owner because, quite frankly, she's this guy's friend and she'd rather me not jump into something that I don't like/want/excel at just because I want the hell out of my current job.

So I need to email this kid.

That's where you guys come in.

I'm envisioning an email with a list of questions that will give me an idea about the environment that I could be potentially be working in, the people who could be my coworkers and the work that I might be doing.

At the same time, I don't want the email to be too overly formal or serious. This kid is my age; our moms are really tight and his sister is one of Meg's best friends.

I have the obvious questions down - the hours he works, the amount of disgruntled customers he deals with, how much stress is involved - but I need help with those questions that will subtly tell me more. Like if people go out to lunch or if they just eat at their desk.

Ya'll are smarter than me.

So lets hear 'em, eh?


Laurie said...

I have a feeling that you'd get a better idea of the work environment through a phone conversation rather than an e-mail. You could easily sound too stuffy and who knows if he will actually give you all the detail that you desire. So maybe e-mail to ask if you can talk to him about his job.

Paul Michael Peters said...

Call and see if you can meet for coffee - it will give you the chance to navigate through the situation better and size up how honest he is about what you ask. Plus, you get to drink coffee.

Plantation said...

Funny, I was thinking the same thing. Phone call and a possible meeting or lunch.

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