How to be considered for multiple, unrelated jobs at the same company?
August 30, 2012 5:29 PM Subscribe
I am looking for advice on applying for multiple jobs at the same company.
posted by foxinthesnow to Work & Money (3 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have managed a small academic library for a number of years. I am leaving my job due to some restructuring at the college, and I am looking outside of the library field for jobs.
There are a number of local colleges that have open positions that I know I would be good at, but those open positions require different skill sets. I normally send in targeted resumes that highlight the skills I have that fit a particular job, but I don't know how to approach that if I am applying for more than one job at the same college.
For example, one college has posted an office manager job, and I know that my experience as a library manager would translate well for this position. They have also posted a non-manager computer/printing lab position that I would also be a good fit for because part of managing a small library requires managing a computer lab and assisting students.
Can I send two completely different resumes for these jobs? One to highlight my management experience for the office manager job, and one to highlight my computer lab experience for the other job? Or will HR think this is completely strange and that I am desperate? I worry that if I send only one resume and down-play my management experience to fit the computer lab job, then I would not be considered for the office manager job, and I worry that if I highlight my management experience, they won't think I am seriously considering the computer lab job because I have much more career experience than the job requires.
There is also another college to which I applied for a library management position about a year ago. I did not get called for an interview. They have now posted a non-library position that requires knowledge of a particular course management software that I am extremely familiar with because I also create the online courses for the school at which I work. My previous resume made no mention of this, because it was not relevant. If I apply for this new position, do HR people compare old applications like that? Will they wonder how I suddenly became an expert in course management software when only a year ago I made no mention of it, even though in reality it is a huge part of my job?
I would appreciate any advice. It's been a long time since I have seriously looked for a job.