Do I apply for (nearly) the same job again?
January 21, 2013 3:02 PM Subscribe
About five weeks ago, I applied for what seemed to be a great job at the university from which I recently graduated. (It's not a teaching/faculty position.) I applied about a week before the deadline and I think I'm a good candidate for it. The website, which is updated daily during the week, says that it has yet to be filled, that the selection is still in progress. However, I just saw a new job posting go up with the same title with a few small differences. I haven't been notified one way or the other as to the first job. How do I navigate applying for the newly-posted job? More specific information inside.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (12 answers total)
They are not the same job, but there are many, many similarities between them, including a lot of overlap in terms of responsibilities and requirements. Some of the key differences include:
Job 1 is a union job with a slightly lower salary range than Job 2.
Job 2 is a contract job that lasts for a couple of years and is probably something I'm slightly better suited for than Job 1, given my past experience.
I'm pretty sure that I want to apply for Job 2, but I'm stuck for two reasons:
1) The contact person is the same as for Job 1. I figure I should probably reference the fact that I've, in fact, applied for Job 1 and would enjoy the opportunity to work for them in either position, but I can't very well say "Hi, I'm Troy McClure. You may remember me from such outstanding job applications as Job 1!"
Nor do I feel that I can comfortably NOT address the fact that it's the same person fielding the applications. It's a person, not a random HR email address, and is the person to whom I should be addressing my cover letter.
I find myself uncharacteristically stuck on how to navigate this, because Job 1 is technically still not filled. Were it filled, I would apply without hesitation, since I could say that I was pleased to see another, similar position open up, giving me another chance to work in X position. But I can't really say that since it's not filled. (I could, but I think it would be clunky, and I'd rather not be clunky in an application/cover letter.)
2) Since they haven't gotten back to me for even an interview for Job 1, I feel a little awkward applying for what is almost the same job. Does their lack of contact mean they're not interested in me for Job 1 and, thus, they will not be interested in me for the very similar Job 2? This is also holding me back, although less so compared to the first issue I raised. However, the lack of interest on their part is somewhat demoralizing and probably adding to my general feeling of being stuck.
So what I'm looking for are some suggestions to help address the situation about my interest in Job 1 vs. Job 2, plus acknowledgement that it's the same person receiving both applications.
Please do share any similar situations that you might have encountered. I'd be really interested to see how people would or have handled this type of situation. Thanks!