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When you're job hunting, you imagine yourself in a lot of different roles.
I work in a specialized field, but even in my field, there are branches, variations, internal specializations. I am in many ways a generalist, but when job hunting, you pick the opportunities that are out there and tailor your application to them.
This is why this week, I am applying to three different openings that seem almost schizophrenic in their diversity.
1) There's a job opening for a position with a local city government, working in my general field of public programming.
2) There's a job opening for a position managing a facility for a major multi-national corporation.
3) There's a job opening for a position fundraising for a local arts non-profit.
These are all natural outcomes of the work I've done in my career. But they are wildly divergent from one another. I feel like I have to embark on a personality change just to transition between writing one cover letter to writing the other.