Oct 29, 2018 - 12:21 PM
A job shadowing request letter needs to be succinct and professional. At the very least it should include an introduction and a brief description of yourself, your reasons for wanting to job shadow, and the formal request.
Job shadowing is an excellent way to get a sense of "a day in the life" for a prospective role, and help you assess whether you could see yourself in that role day in day out.
Most people are happy to be helpful, and will likely be amenable to hosting you as a job shadow if the request is reasonable and they are able to fit it into their routine without experiencing distractions or disruptions. It is important to convey that you will not interfere with normal workplace activity, and you will accommodate both the needs of the workplace, and those who would host your job shadowing experience.
It is very helpful if you can get someone within the organization to help facilitate a job shadowing request. You may also need to consult with the HR department beforehand to get approval or building access.
Aug 24, 2018 - 03:33 AM
Stick to a short letter; the most common length is four paragraphs that combine some of your achievements with your request. Ideally, you'll show that you won't get in the way, you'll provide some benefit while there, and that you're interested in what's going on.
Next, include a description of yourself. The type of information professionals want usually includes why you're interested and how you arrived at your current situation. For instance, you can show how your studies and experience have prepared you. Give specifics as you describe your interest, so company leaders can place you in the best position for learning.
Spend a bit of time showing what you know about the company, its work, and its background. Show that you understand the type of work they do. You could address some of the things you admire most about the company. Keep all of your content positive.
Finally, maintain a professional attitude. Read through your letter, looking for and correcting any mistakes. Double-check the names and titles of your contacts within the company. Don't slip into slang or other informal language. Check out this site for more information and this one for a sample letter.