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qualified for two jobs

PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 8:07 pm
by Chris
What does one do if they are reasonably well qualified for two different jobs that are posted on a company's website? They are in two different departments (one is analytical, the other is discovery). I'm willing to join either since this is could potentially be my first biotech job (I have a Ph.D. and postdoc experience). Should I mention both in the cover letter? Send two different applications?
Thanks

qualified for two jobs

PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 6:55 pm
by Dave Jensen
Hi Chris,

Tricky business, this "two open positions" thing . . . The H/R people will want to put you into one cubby hole. They certainly won't want to put you into both hiring manager's hands. Plus, if you come up with two different CV's, as you should (each targeted to the job at hand) than they'll note this and get very confused.

Perhaps one approach would be to come up with a CV that fits the best of the two positions and send this through per their instructions on the site. Then, develop a "spin off" of that CV that fits the other job a bit better and do some networking to identify the hirng manager. Get that copy to him/her via another method other than routing through H/R.

Two different cover letters, please!

Dave Jensen, Moderator

qualified for two jobs

PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 10:27 am
by Ken
When HR for my current position first contacted me, they had me in mind for one position. I looked on their website, and saw three other positions that I was interested in. I asked to apply for all four positions. I don't think I was ever considered for those other three positions, as I was immediately cubbyholed (to use Dave's term) into the position that they originally planned for me.

So, I don't think it can hurt to apply to both, but don't be surprised if you aren't considered for both.