Rejecting Opportunities Strategically

In this SLP, you are given two scenarios that require you to reject opportunities using written communication. These scenarios are a continuation of your job search, begun in SLP 1. In your submissions, you are expected to apply the concepts covered in this module.

(1) You have been approached by a head hunter who has a job for you. However, for various reasons (which you will invent for this exercise), you decided to decline the opportunity, and go for the job you really want (the one you identified in SLP 1). Write an email to the recruiter explaining your reasons for declining the opportunity. Be sure to apply the principles covered in this module.

(2) The company you are currently working for has decided to increase your responsibilities by adding you to a newly established committee for a new project. Your manager feels that your experience and skills are suited for the position on the committee. You are currently overwhelmed by work, and given the lack of incentives (neither added compensation nor a promotion), you have decided to politely decline. Write an email to your General Manager explaining the situation. (Note: this is not a letter of resignation. You are merely declining the added responsibility while still remaining at your current job).

In both cases, include a discussion explaining the concepts applied. Proper citations and a bibliography are necessary.

SLP Assignment Expectations

Both emails are expected to be formally and professionally written. Please use proper English. Proper salutations are required. Citations and a bibliography are not required for this part.

In your summary, discuss the approach you took. Explain why and how you incorporated the principles of negative communication. Please be sure to use references, which may include the assigned readings, to support your discussion. Formal citations are required, along with a formal bibliography. The summary is to be prepared as an academic essay. Content should be clearly presented with a logical flow.

SLP General Expectations

For the SLP, you are expected to assume the role of a job seeker. You are to identify a job that interests you in Module 1. The SLPs will take you through the job search and application process, presenting you in different scenarios requiring you to demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively and professionally.

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