Can I ask a former co-worker about an available position?
January 2, 2014 7:58 PM Subscribe
Is it appropriate to contact a former co-worker "off the record" about a position that is listed at their current company?
posted by tryniti to Work & Money (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
A person that used to work at my company is now "Head of Thing I Do" at another company that I'm familiar with. They have a job posted that may or may not fall within my skill set (the job posting is on LinkedIn and is very vague). I would like to contact this person to get a better feel for what the position entails and ask a few questions 'off the record' before committing to a full-on application through HR. This person is someone I worked with a small amount years back, but we see each other enough at industry events/conferences that they are familiar with me.
Is this a dumb idea? I know this person still has connections with folks at my company, as it's a fairly small world, but I would hope that they wouldn't run back to anyone at my company. My goal in this is to informally find out a little more about what they are looking for and plant the seed that I might be interested.
I'm not 100% committed to leaving my current job, so I want to make sure this doesn't blow up in my face.