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Applying For Same Job As Friend

I'm Asking: Would You Apply For a Job Your Friend Wants?

When the job market gets tough, the tough get going. Take it from this recent grad looking to score some work experience — and some career advice — via CNN. In light of a challenging job market, she's getting competitive with a friend — for the same open position.

After her friend told her of a job opportunity that she was planning to apply to, this grad planned to do the same, despite her friend's warning that she wouldn't be OK with it. Still, believing she's more qualified for the opening, and, obviously, eager to land a steady paycheck post-graduation, she set out in the hopes of nabbing the position — even if it means ruining a friendship. So, tell me, what do you make of this grad's battle for a great job opportunity? Is it worth it? Would you ever apply for a job your friend had scouted out and wanted for herself?


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stephley stephley 7 years
If it hadn't been discussed and they just happened to apply for the same job or shared tips, fine. But it was discussed, so she is a crappy friend and I doubt she'd be a co-worker I'd want around.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
It's not a crappy friend. The better fit will get the job. That's just that.
ejr ejr 7 years
i just graduated from college and can't even explain to you how tough the job market is. without a doubt i would apply for the same job - my friends and i DID apply for the same jobs (we just never talked about it.) maybe in a different market i would answer differently, but right now i'm applying for anything that even remotely relates to what i want to do.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 7 years
I think that's a pretty crappy friend, just saying.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
yah I would and I'd be mad if a friend told me she would be mad if I did
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