Post # 1
I am *almost* done with my bachelor’s degree and I’ve begun applying for jobs within my company that require a bachelor’s degree. I recently interviewed for an entry level Technical Writing job. I have wanted to get into that for a few years but couldn’t apply without a 4-year degree. They are seriously considering me because I am thisclose to having my degree. It helps that I’ve been with the company for 7 years directly – 2 more were through a staffing agency at the company.
Here’s the catch: In the interview, the hiring manager admitted they were trying to fill the position quickly because the group was being reorganized and she was afraid of a hiring freeze. Over a week has passed since my interview and I got an email from her saying that they are still trying to determine project cadence before making any final offers. In other words, I think they are fighting for the right to hire anyone – they need to have ample justification of project need. This makes me nervous.
Today, I see that there’s an entry level job in a completely different role that I could apply for. Even though it isn’t a technical writing job, I’m thinking of applying for it. But I’m afraid to apply for it then hear back about the technical writing job.
Should I go ahead and apply? What would you do?
Post # 3
I would. It’s not going to hurt anything. If you get the job you interviewed for, and the new job calls you in for an interview you just say you’ve taken another offer. When I was looking for a job after colleg I applied to as many job openings I could and wuickly found one. If you wait to hear back from one before applying for another, you’ll be missing out on a lot of opportunities IMO.
Post # 4
I would apply for the other job either way, since there’s still no solid guarantee that you will get the other one, plus it wouldn’t hurt to check out the competition and get extra experience with interviewing and/or feedback.
Post # 5
Post # 6
@howtobeawife: Not even a question, YES.
Post # 7
@howtobeawife: Definitely apply. Job hunting is like playing the lottery – the more places you apply, the better your odds. Also, the place you interviewed at is not a sure thing as there is no signed offer so don’t bet on that just yet.
Post # 9
I would contact your HR/recruiting rep and let her know that you are applying for the other job even though you are still in the running for the first job. I would definitely apply, but it doesn’t hurt to let the HR person know why and that you are still very interested in the first job.
Post # 10
Of course. I mean the company interviewed several people for the opening you went on the interview for, why shouldnt you “interview” several companies to see what works best. The first job could fall through.