Should I apply for an internal position for which I'm not currently qualified, for the purpose of presenting my resume to senior management?
I'm a mid-level manager at a public university. I manage a staff of 8 people and report to the director of my department. My director reports to one of the VP's of the university. That VP position is about to open up and the director isn't interested in applying for it. I've heard through the rumor mill that the university is looking to hire someone from outside, but ostensibly the job is open to all applicants. I'm considering applying for this position just so the senior management here will look at resume. I want to be considered for future opportunities here, and they aren't always advertised formally like this one. In fact, I'm sure that if the senior management had an internal candidate in mind, this position wouldn't have been advertised.
So, what's the harm in throwing my resume out there? I know you all will offer some valuable advice. Thanks.