My classmate, my would-be boss
June 24, 2013 9:24 AM Subscribe
I just realized that the contact person/potential supervisor for a job I'm applying for was in my graduating class at our tiny alma mater. This could obviously work very much in my favor, but I'm also afraid it might not for snowflakey reasons. What's the best way to approach this in my application?
posted by ActionPopulated to Work & Money (11 answers total)
So I was perusing idealist, as you do, and I came across a listing for an entry level administrative/development position at an organization that I would love to work for. The contact person listed on the posting looked familiar, so I looked her up on LinkedIn. Turns out that, not only did she go to the same tiny college I did, she graduated in the same year. (Four years ago.)
Obviously we weren't close, but our school is small enough that, were I to submit the application, she might get the same 'hey that name sounds familiar' pang. But I'm not gonna lie, I feel inadequate looking at what she's done. She's climbed the ranks at this organization to be development director, gotten an MPP. I've floated from job to job with long unemployed patches, had to quit the position most relevant to this one because of an abusive boss. My current job is unrelated to this one in any way and doing nothing good for my resume. I hear stories all the time about people not being considered for jobs because they are 'over-qualified;' if someone from my same graduation year can have the title of 'director' of anything, (that alone blows my mind) what will she make of one of her ostensible peers trying for an entry level admin job? (Yes, I know these are totally the thought patterns of a depressed person. Already in therapy.)
Still, my school loooves to play up its awesome alumni network. I might as well try and make it work for me. What's the best way to go about emphasizing this connection? Mention it offhand in the cover letter? Let the college name on my resume speak for itself? Connect on LinkedIn first and initiate a conversation that way?