Can I apply for a job that reports to a job I applied for in the past without looking like an ass?
November 1, 2011 9:41 AM Subscribe
Applied for job last month, didn't get it. Now another job from same company has been posted - a position that would be reporting to the higher-up position I applied for last month. Is it completely weird to throw my hat in the ring again? Snowflakiness inside.
posted by thereemix to Work & Money (20 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Hi everyone. You may remember me from this question last week: http://www.metafilter.com/activity/140306/posts/ask/ (forgive me if link fails; I am typing this on my phone). This question only peripherally relates to my earlier one.
Last month I applied to an awesome dream job. It was admittedly a bit of a reach given the fact that I only have 5 years' work experience (since graduating from college), but the job description matched my previous experience and skills very well so I figured why the hell not? Let's see what happens.
I've since learned through the grapevine that as of last week that dream position has been filled by someone who has about 9 years' relevant work experience. Fair enough, makes sense, it was a crapshoot anyway.
Today the company posted a job for a position that would report to the fellow who now holds the position I applied for last month..i.e, that position is Manager of XYZ Department, and this newly posted position is Assistant Manager of XYZ Department. Being the Assistant Manager of XYZ Department is a far more appropriate fit for me given my aforementioned level of relevant work experience, and had I known that once the Manager position had been filled that they would be looking for an Assistant Manager, I would have held off on applying for the Manager position. Hindsight is 20/20 and all that.
Given the fact that this Assistant Manager position is still essentially my dream job, is it completely asinine to send my resume to this company again? If it is worth giving it a shot, what do I do w/r/t a cover letter? The job description for the Assistant Manager position is word-for-word the same as the job description for the Manager position, except for who it reports to (reporting to Manager as opposed to CFO) and lower salary range. This makes it hard for me to figure out how I should craft my cover letter were I to apply - the skills I have that make me a good fit for the Assistant Manager job are the same as those that made me qualified for the Manager job, so I'm not going to retouch my resume...but I think it would look really bad/lazy to just recycle that cover letter from last month (which was a pretty good cover letter according to friends who have been hiring managers) and change the job title...so wtf do I do there?
Any suggestions would be very helpful and much appreciated.
(And again, I know that replying to job descriptions posted on the internets is a crapshoot generally and most jobs are obtained by networking, but this particular job type within this particular company is something I would regret not at least making a try of it. That being said, I landed my current job via an internet job posting, so I know firsthand that sometimes it does happen that way and am trying to be cautiously optimistic.)
Thanks in advance and sorry for the Tl;dr.