/ Asked by Brian
A few years back, a co-worker at the time referred me to his aunt for a position she had open at her firm. After the interviews, I was extended an offer, which I turned down because it was a similar position I currently held and I wanted something new and didn't think it would be fair to them. 3 years and one new job later doing something new, I'm again looking for the next step in my career. How would you go about asking for availability at the firm? (they don't have openings posted online or on LinkedIn)
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, April 11, 2014
As a first step, I would reach out to the co-workers aunt again and explain that your career was in a different place three years ago and now you would to again explore career opportunities at her firm.  Hopefully, when you declined their offer, you provided an explanation as to why so they still hold you in good standing.  Having this honest conversation with them again shows courage on your part, which is a quality that all companies should be looking for.  If you do not know how to contact the aunt, I would suggest going to a web site like glassdoor.com to research the company and see if you can identify another contact there.  
Answered by Patti, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Friday, April 11, 2014
I would reach out again and let your co-worker know that at this time you might be interested in exploring opportunities with them if something could be available. let them know if they don't have any openings, you would love to atleast explore and hope they can keep you in mind for future.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
If you are currently employed, hopefully you work in the type of culture in which you have regular and frequent discussions with your immediate supervisor in which you can cover topics such as performance, job fit, expanding opportunities, and the like. If that’s not the case then at least at mid-year and end-of-year milestones you should feel comfortable asking for such a meeting. If you are meeting (or better yet, exceeding) the requirements of your current role, your supervisor(s) should be open to conversations about “what comes next” so that you can try something new to get a different perspective or even accept more responsibility through a promotion. If, on the other hand, you are looking for something new because you are struggling with your current role then most supervisors would be open to discussing this, too, in order to maximize your performance and contribution.
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