Applying to a different position at a job I haven’t even started at yet

Hey there folks,

Wanted to hear whether anyone's been bitten in the ass by applying to a different job at a company they've already accepted an offer from but haven't actually started at yet.
I'm juggling between a job I actually really want in a city I don't want to live in (the one I accepted) vs a job I'm already doing in a city I love (the one I want to apply to).

Honestly feel more comfortable taking the job I don't necessarily prefer to be in the better city, but I'm worried by interviewing I might actually be ruining my chances for both if it gets back to the other team who've I already accepted a role with.

Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on this?

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Comments (4)

May 1, 2021 - 7:01pm

I would not do this. If you read stuff on this forum, you'll see that searching elsewhere after taking an offer is a little bit risky. Reneging is never that great. Reneging at the same firm you're applying to??? That doesn't make any sense. You'll have to use a different email for HR to not pick up on what is going on the second you do it, and even if it succeeds, they could find out and pull both offers at any point. 

May 2, 2021 - 2:57pm

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Hey there folks,

Wanted to hear whether anyone's been bitten in the ass by applying to a different job at a company they've already accepted an offer from but haven't actually started at yet.
I'm juggling between a job I actually really want in a city I don't want to live in (the one I accepted) vs a job I'm already doing in a city I love (the one I want to apply to).

Honestly feel more comfortable taking the job I don't necessarily prefer to be in the better city, but I'm worried by interviewing I might actually be ruining my chances for both if it gets back to the other team who've I already accepted a role with.

Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on this?

I signed onto a job in DC and requested for HR to place me in NYC and my request was denied. I had to stay in DC for a year and then persuade leadership for me to move to NYC. I think your situation is a little different, you are looking at two separate jobs and I wasn't asking to change my job, just the location.

I think you have to consider the fact that you put yourself in this spot. Why haven't you applied to the other position already - shouldn't you have applied at the same time as the other position? Your hiring manager likely has a quota to fill and he believes his quota is done hiring you. It might be bad blood in the company to leave his group before starting to go somewhere internally - you'd have to discuss this with him if it is a big deal or no problem. Either way, if you are going to start this conversation with your manager, it will bring up loyalty issues immediately, so its probably best if you don't talk about going to the other group unless you can guarantee you're going to get in, which is a crapshoot now since you haven't applied. 

It's a risk to email the other MD with your resume, but if you do, you should explain the whole situation. I think the only way you succeed here for the city you want is if you're the perfect candidate that has the leeway to do what you want. If you're that good, you should be able to go wherever you want. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

May 2, 2021 - 3:01pm

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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