I have an opportunity to apply for a similar position in a different agency just down the street from my present office. Aside from the application process which is open for me to submit my application, I also want to contact them to check them out.
I have been in my present position for 7 years. I am very dissatisfied with the management above me and up to the second level above me to the point where I feel I really need to make a change. I would bet that my dissatisfaction is known if not palpable to the boss. I am concerned about getting into another, similar situation but of course there are no guarantees and I would welcome at least some new things to be irritated about! (':roll:')
My thoughts are:
1. Just apply and wait to see if I get an interview and then an offer before checking into the new place to see what I can for myself before accepting it.
2. Making an appointment now to check the place out by saying I am interested in the opening and would like to talk about it.