I want this awesome job... I think
June 20, 2007 5:46 PM Subscribe
I've heard about a job that sounds amazingly perfect. How can I go after it without being obnoxious? And how can I reconcile the two different descriptions of it?
posted by Mozzie to Work & Money (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The other day I saw a job posting on LinkedIn for a position that overlaps, I think, with both my professional background and several of my personal passions to a degree I would have thought impossible. The position is in "my network" meaning that the hiring person and I know a few of the same people. But those people are pretty popular [famous in the field]... they have networks of hundreds of people. It's not like I know the hiring manager's college roommate.
The position is at a major university, and one can only apply via the university website. The detailed description I found there has a different angle on the position, talks more about research, and even indicates that an advanced degree is preferred. This is very different from the LinkedIn description, which has a more practical focus. I'm worried that the university screening process may screen me out [research is not in my professional background].
I'd like to campaign for this position. But beyond that, I'd like to figure out *if* I should even mount a campaign. The position as described on LinkedIn is one I would succeed in, the university description is somewhat scary. But every time I've seen a university job description in my field is reads scary... maybe that's just how they write?
Is the university description more likely to be correct? And does anyone know if the university hiring process is much different from the corporate one?
Is it obnoxious to e-mail the person who posted the position on LinkedIn to seek clarification about the position and express passion for the project?[their e-mail is public on the project website]
The industry heavy-hitters that we both know are name brand people, and they are familiar with me and my work. Should I ask them to put in a good word? If so, at what point in the process? Or should I figure that if the hiring individual wants their opinion he'll ask them?