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Old 02-18-2019, 04:18 AM
 
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I used a business for services in my industry 2 years ago. The owner looked at my work and said I had "mad skills" and asked me if I wanted a job. I didn't like him and said that I really wasn't qualified for the job. I just didn't know how to decline. Anyway, I want to go back and talk to him about a job. How can I approach this?
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Old 02-18-2019, 04:22 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Anyway, I want to go back and talk to him about a job.
How can I approach this?
Drop in to his shop/office. Say hello.
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Old 02-18-2019, 06:46 AM
 
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I am not sure I understand. You want to talk to him about a job offer he made two years ago?
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Old 02-18-2019, 10:20 AM
 
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How you approach this would depend upon whether you've stayed in any kind of even remote contact with him in the last two years, since his offer. Obviously you wouldn't be calling him about THAT offer.

So, have you stayed in touched with him? Do you still do business with him? See/speak to him ever?
If you have, then tell him you're looking to make a change, and ask him if he needs anyone. It's just a topic you bring up.
If you have not, well now, that could be trickier because you want something form someone you haven't seen or spoken to in two years. Tall order.

This is exactly why networking is so valuable.
Obviously, none of us can stay in touch with EVERYone we've ever worked with. BUT, I'd sure advise anyone to have a minimum number of people they stay in contact with. Over the course of a career there've got to be at least a few people you strike up "business/professional/work" friendships with. I'm also not saying stay in touch with people just to use or exploit them. Or fake interest in someone you otherwise can't stomach. If you don't click, don't force it.

You have to invest the time to keep contacts -- even if you wouldn't call them "friendships" -- keep those "acquaintance kinds of relationships" alive. You have to stay in contact when you DO NOT want anything. You have to help them/show some interest -- heck even just touch base to stay in touch.

Again, I know we can't do that with everyone we've ever met. So, just make strategic decisions about who you want to invest ti time to keep in touch with.
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