Easing career change from high school after high school to Worlds Greatest U
February 2, 2012 1:49 PM Subscribe
I'm applying for jobs at institutions that are more prestigious than the institution I currently work for. Should I suck up/gush over the awesomeness of these institutions? How much?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
For what it's worth, these are academic institutions in the US, and I am applying for non-faculty positions.
I've met loads of capable people who work at all sorts of institutions, from research universities to community colleges, so *I* don't think that my current employer un-qualifies me for work at these places. However, I've also encountered snooty attitudes from people at higher-end institutions, including people who seem to think that no praise is too high for their institution.
I do have some understanding of the differences in culture between my current place of employ and the places I am applying - my undergraduate degree is from a highly-ranked school (my graduate degree is from a middle-of-the-road school but in my field that's not much of an issue) and I have worked for highly-ranked institutions in the past, though not quite in my current career path.
I guess what I'm really asking is: should I acknowledge the difference between my current place of work and the hopeful future place of work in my cover letter (or in an interview?), and if so, how do I do this without 1) sounding like a ridiculous suck-up and 2) sounding like I'm classlessly denigrating my current place of work.