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Help! My Boss & I Are Up for the Same Job!

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Dear Experts,

I interviewed last week for a job that I really want. Things are sinking at my company (already survived one layoff) and I don’t see them making it. In the interview, the hiring manager actually inquired into what was happening at my company because they said they got, ‘a ton of resumes’ from employees in our organization.

Fast forward to today…

I called a colleague who got let go in the last layoff to ask if she’d be my reference for this job. Imagine my surprise when she said MY BOSS had just called her and asked for the same exact thing! Turns out my boss is in the running for the same job.

What should I do? How do I compete against someone with a higher rank than me? I really think I can do this job but don’t know what to say to get them to see me as the better candidate without being negative about my boss.

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