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[empress_nikki]
I am desperate to quit my job in a grocery store deli, so I've been applying to every job that comes my way through my grad school's listserv. One came through today that has 5 cents less pay per hour than my current job, but 4 additional hours a week. I'm pretty qualified and it would be good relevant work experience. The contact person/person who will be sorting resumes and picking those to be interviewed is a close friend of mine. One of our mutual friends say she feels weird applying because if she doesn't get an interview it could be weird, and if she does get an interview it could be weird. 

I'm planning on applying- it's not my fault I know the contact person- and I want the job. What would you do? 
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[User Picture]From: oohscranton
2013-02-06 10:08 pm (UTC)

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I don't see how it would be any weirder than giving your resume to a friend who works there and tell them "hey, can you pass this along?"

Your friend won't be the one actually doing the interviews, right? I'd go for it.
[User Picture]From: fozziewaca
2013-02-06 10:20 pm (UTC)

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I'd apply (desperate deli worker, too!) and I don't think it would be weird. It's networking.

Edited at 2013-02-06 10:21 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: just_3_euros
2013-02-06 10:27 pm (UTC)

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I'd apply. I mean, hopefully the close friend would be looking over your resume//application with the same eyes as she does for a stranger. I still wouldn't feel weird. Especially if I knew I was qualified.
[User Picture]From: miss_almost
2013-02-06 10:33 pm (UTC)

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apply. knowing the person whos involved in the hiring process is also called networking. use it to the best of your advantage.
[User Picture]From: hereisfar
2013-02-06 10:45 pm (UTC)

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Apply for the job. It isn't weird.
[User Picture]From: theidolhands
2013-02-06 11:39 pm (UTC)

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Apply. And very nicely try to negotiate, but probably still take it at the current offer if selected. Good luck to you!
[User Picture]From: theidolhands
2013-02-06 11:40 pm (UTC)

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As ppl often tell me that grocery store gigs are good, may I ask for edification what about your current job irks you?
[User Picture]From: due27south
2013-02-07 01:28 am (UTC)

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I cannot think of anyone over the age of 16 who would think that, haha.
[User Picture]From: theidolhands
2013-02-07 01:36 am (UTC)

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Sorry, should've been clear, question directed at OP.

[User Picture]From: due27south
2013-02-07 01:47 am (UTC)

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Oh no, I meant more because you said everyone says its a great gig!
[User Picture]From: theidolhands
2013-02-07 02:09 am (UTC)

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Yes, something to do with starting pay bracket, unions, and benefits if one hangs in.
[User Picture]From: empress_nikki
2013-02-07 02:21 pm (UTC)

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I'm rarely scheduled for more than two days a week, we get our schedules on Thursday for the week starting that Sunday (so about three days in advance), people working there five years have yet to see any kind of raise, and we're consistently treated by our customers like idiots whose only skills in life include slicing meat and pointing to the cheese case, despite most of us being post-graduate students who couldn't find a better job.
[User Picture]From: wristtattoos
2013-02-07 03:06 pm (UTC)

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My lil sis works for a locally owned grocery store and they treat their employees really well.
[User Picture]From: theidolhands
2013-02-08 01:13 am (UTC)

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It was heartening to get this comment, thanks! Goes to show, good & bad everywhere.
[User Picture]From: empress_nikki
2013-02-07 02:19 pm (UTC)

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It's a slightly-above minimum wage student archivist position, it's not really a place one negotiates.
[User Picture]From: theidolhands
2013-02-07 02:45 pm (UTC)

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Well, it certainly won't be if one doesn't try. But having no knowledge of what position you were applying for, I'd have nothing to go by. Good luck anyway, eh?
[User Picture]From: failstoexist
2013-02-07 12:08 am (UTC)

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Your close friend being in charge of hiring should help you! I got my current job through a coworker's friend, and I love my job. If your friend doesn't think you're right for the job, s/he won't hire you--just try not to hold it against said friend if it doesn't work out. It's not what you know, it's who you know, especially in this economy. Go for it!
[User Picture]From: socraticomatic
2013-02-07 12:08 am (UTC)

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Definitely apply.
[User Picture]From: bad_lcuk
2013-02-07 12:12 am (UTC)

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Technically unless your friend owns the business, usually businesses will remove the person who holds a bias (ie: a friend) and have someone else interview the candidate.

Just apply, theyll know its you and you know its them, its up to the business/your friend to handle it and from past that, its up to you to be professional.
[User Picture]From: chaostrophy
2013-02-07 12:53 am (UTC)

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Apply, act professionally, understand that there may be a candidate more qualified than you and don't pressure her to hire you or make her feel badly/make this awkward if she doesn't.
[User Picture]From: verygwen
2013-02-07 01:23 am (UTC)

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Apply!
[User Picture]From: throwingstones7
2013-02-07 07:35 am (UTC)

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I would apply.