I have several question related to my current situation, and I'm a sky-High 'C', so please bear.
I'm in a term position which ends in 2.5 weeks. The permanent just resigned and although my boss wants to make me the permanent, her boss wants to post, internally and externally, to see who may be interested. (The posting should open next Friday). Two other positions at the same level, but different fields of responsibility. (The posting for one closes next Friday, the other may not be posted for a few weeks.) Although there's no real internal competition for my current position there could be some strong externals. I have no significant expertise in the areas the other two openings, but am good at managing people, and others have gotten these positions equally little expertise. The area I currently oversee, as does my permanent position, work hand in hand with one of the others though; use the same systems and I have good working relationships with the staff there.
I'm considered an expert in my field, but staying in it could hinder any further advancement, as I may be viewed as a one-trick-pony, however good. The other positions provide the opportunity change that perception.
Here come the questions:
1. Could I do more harm than good to my odds of getting any of the spots, and career, by applying for all three?
2. What happens if I apply for more than one, and am the successful candidate prior to interviewing for the other(s)?
3. References: it recently became policy to request and check 3 references when hiring. I don't know if it applies internally. If it does I have a problem. I've only had 2 immediate bosses in the organization, one of whom oversees two of the positions I'm considering (and the one I'm currently filling). The other, well, we have some personality conflict and I don't foresee getting a truly positive reference. How would I handle references? How likely is it that they'll just review Performance Evaluations?
Any feedback is greatly appreciated.