I am currently trying to apply for a company I really want to work for. It's a mechanical engineering role (I am currently working as a mechanical engineer) but in a new industry for me.
The website is advertising for a Senior Mechanical Engineer, and having read the position description, I am confident that I'd be a good fit, but as a Mechanical Engineer (not senior - as I am not experienced enough yet). The company take open applications as well, so I am definitely applying either way but would it be better to:
Apply for the job advertised, hoping that I get an interview and mention that I am aiming at a non Senior position in the cover letter
Send an open application and mention the role I am specifically interested in.
The reason I am asking is that if I go with 2, I am not sure how to phrase it. It's an open application for a specific role?