How do you ask someone if they know of jobs you might want? I know a professor who’s very well-connected in my field, but I have no clue what to say really. How much information do I include about my education, skills, interests, type of work I want, etc.?

I don’t actually know.

I’m fairly sure that there is a socially accepted way to do this, but I don’t know what it is.

I think you’re supposed to be at least somewhat specific about the kind of work you’re looking for. And why you’re valuable for it.

I also think it depends on what your relationship to the professor is. It makes a difference if it’s someone who’s taught you, vs someone you know socially, vs someone you’ve just met a couple of times.

But I don’t really know the rules for this. I bet some of y’all do, though.

Any of y’all know things about how to ask others if they know of work in your field?

You could say:

Professor [name],

I’m [insert name here]. I was in your [insert class] in the [insert semester and year].

I’m currently looking for a [insert type of job here]. Do you know of openings for this job? If so, could you direct me to the person I need to send my resume to?


[your name]