Applying for a job when I don't know my availability
June 12, 2014 10:03 AM Subscribe
A dream position of mine just opened up, but I'm unavailable for up to 6 months. Is it worth applying?
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug to Work & Money (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm currently working in a key position at a small-ish company. One of my ongoing projects is something that is planned to be completed at the end of a business cycle in about 6 months. While obviously one can leave a job at any point, I'd like to see this project through if for no other reason than being able to put it on my resume.
It's also possible that I'd complete the project in the next couple of months, but I don't have a good way of knowing how that will pan out.
In the meantime, a dream position of mine has opened up at a larger company. If it was a similarly high level position I think I could get away with negotiating a 6 month migration plan, but this position is fairly entry level and I suspect anything more than about a month would be highly unusual.
Is it worth applying anyway? If so, how soon should I mention my availability - in my application, or at the first interview? I don't want to waste their time, but I'd love to get my foot in the door while the position is open.