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.
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)
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.
apply. knowing the person whos involved in the hiring process is also called networking. use it to the best of your advantage.
Apply for the job. It isn't weird.
Apply. And very nicely try to negotiate, but probably still take it at the current offer if selected. Good luck to you!
As ppl often tell me that grocery store gigs are good, may I ask for edification what about your current job irks you?
I cannot think of anyone over the age of 16 who would think that, haha.
Sorry, should've been clear, question directed at OP.
Oh no, I meant more because you said everyone says its a great gig!
Yes, something to do with starting pay bracket, unions, and benefits if one hangs in.
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.
My lil sis works for a locally owned grocery store and they treat their employees really well.
It was heartening to get this comment, thanks! Goes to show, good & bad everywhere.
It's a slightly-above minimum wage student archivist position, it's not really a place one negotiates.
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?
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!
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.
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.