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November 14, 2011 2:31 PM Subscribe
How do I apply for my own job -- especially if my bosses are my references?
posted by Madamina to work & money (23 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have worked in this very desk for six years, in three positions. I started as office support; when I decided to go to grad school in this field, they offered me an assistantship and I stayed for two more years, doing half office support and half field-related work. Then, when I graduated, I was about to take another job when they magicked up a full-time position, doing all field-related work, for up to three years. There was much rejoicing.
Well, the three years will be up in June. My bosses, who are two of my references, have been supportive of my job searches with the knowledge (on both sides) that I am applying sparingly and carefully. I turned down one position; another closes next week.
And now I see that they have reclassified a recently-vacated position as essentially what I do. Whether or not I get this job, I'll still be good until June, but of course I want the permanent one. My bosses have fed me various job listings over the years, and before they gave me both of those positions we spoke about it quietly. But I found this out when they posted it online.
I'm guessing they don't want to make me think the position is mine, only to hire someone else; that's good. But damn, I'm going to have a front row seat for every stage of this thing.
How do I apply for my own job when my bosses are my main references and they've seen my ups and downs? If I bring up something new, how do I explain why I haven't used it before? How do I write my cover letter when they pretty much know what it will say?