A Better Way to Ask for Career Advice


The bottom line

  • Getting a job is a sales process. Think of it from the employer’s point of view, and do what the employer will find most convincing.
  • Get lots of leads, especially by asking for introductions.
  • Prove you can do the work by actually doing it. Do a project before the interview, explain exactly how you can solve their problems or seek a related position first.
  • Once you get an offer, actually negotiate.
  • Do whatever it takes to keep yourself motivated e.g. make a public commitment to apply for one position per day or find a partner to search for jobs alongside.


Template for requesting a job offer extension

If you plan to email the hiring manager to ask for more time to consider a job offer, here is a template you can use:

Subject Line: [Your Name – Position Title] – Job Offer

Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],

[Thank the hiring manager for the offer. It’s important that they know you’re grateful for the offer and you want to seriously consider it. State your specific reason for asking for time to consider the offer and the date you’d like to give your response by. If you have any questions about the offer, you can ask them or request a phone call to discuss them in detail.] 

[Thank the hiring manager again for the opportunity.If you need to request the hiring manager to contact you to discuss details, offer some times that would work for you. You can write, ‘You can reach me by phone at 555-555-5555 or by email at yourname@email.com.’]

[Use a professional closing, like ‘Sincerely,’ or ‘Regards,’]

[Your Name][Your Phone Number][Your Email Address]

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