Post # 1
I’ve been looking for a new job for a while now, but there’s not alot in my area that pays as well as I get paid now. My current job is ok, pays the bills, and is pretty laid-back, however I’ve been here for 5+ years and do NOT want to keep doing this the rest of my life. I’m a legal assistant FYI. I applied and was interviewed for a position at the local university maybe 7-8 months ago. I did not get the position, however the interviewer told me in an e-mail that I was the second pick, and the opening was given to a current employee. She encouraged me to keep applying as she felt I would find a good fit with the university, perhaps in a different department position.
Well, the university just posted up an opening in another department for a job similar to what I do now, for a few hundred more each month starting, potentially upwards of $1,000 more month at the end of the salary range. I would like to apply for this position, but am unsure how (or even if) I could reference the previous interviewers comments to set me apart from the pack. I was thinking my cover letter obviously but what do I say?
Post # 3
@BeckyS0: I would apply and send a note to the original interviewer, telling her that you applied for this job and maybe ask her to send a reference to the hiring manager?
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
@leahthehun: + 1 definitely do this!
Post # 5
@BeckyS0: HR bee here. Yes, I would refrence this, assuming that you are confident the previous interviewer was being honest. (It sounds like she was.)
I’d make the first paragraph of my CL something like this:
Please accept my application for the position of XXX with the YYY department at ABC Universirty. Recently, I was shortlisted adn second in line for a position with the ZZZ department and was encouraged to continue to apply for positionat at ABC University. Based on my reserach and what I learned during the interview process I belive that I’m a strong fit for the culture and goals at ABC and am eager to have a chance to contribute to your mission of blah blah blah.
Then go into normal CL stuff about why you will be perfect for this job.
Post # 6
@leahthehun: +1. I wouldn’t ask for a refrence per say, as this is really something that you do for someone you’ve actually worked with, but I’d send a note along the lines of,
“Hi previous interviewer,
I took what you had to say about continuing to keep an eye out for positions at ABC University to heart and have just applied for a position with the YYY department. So who knows, we may work together soon! Just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for the encouragement.
All the best,
Post # 7
@leahthehun: @cbgg: @cbgg: You ladies are awesome! Thanks! I didn’t even think about sending a card to my previous interviewer but that’s a fabulous idea! She is the head of an administrative department that oversees the entire campus, and the job I am applying for is a specific educational dept. so I would think it would help immensly to have good words coming from up the ladder so to speak. Thanks again! Now I’m off to work on my resume & cover letter!