Sorry if the title is unclear; I wasn't sure how to explain this situation at tweet length! I will elaborate.
I am currently working as a temp for a medium-sized higher education institution (I am technically employed through a third-party staffing agency), and have been with my current department for about half a year. A number of job opportunities for which I am qualified are opening up; some in my current department, and one in another department with which I have a good history (I worked there when I was a student for many years before starting in my current position, and left on good terms).
All of these opportunities could potentially be a good choice for me, and the compensation is roughly equal for all of them. The main difference is that they are not all posted yet; at this time only the one in the other, former department is open, and the other positions in my current department, which I know will soon be posted, won't be accepting applications until that one has already closed.
I am hesitant to apply to the position in the other department because:
- I don't know how applying for the position in the other department would affect my chances with the upcoming positions in my current one, in terms of rules, regulations, or even law.
- More subjectively, I don't want to burn any bridges. Supervisors in both my current department, and my former one, have expressed interest in my applying for their respective positions, and I want to handle this professionally.
My understanding is that if I go with this position that is now available (in my former department) and I were accepted, I either wouldn't be permitted to apply for the others in my current department, or that to do so would be very unprofessional. Is this correct? Am I missing anything? Would anything change if I applied for the position in my former department and I was not chosen?
(I know this may seem close to a "discussion" question, but I am not asking which job to apply for. I just want to have a better understanding of what repercussions the different choices available to me might have; I hope that is an appropriate question to be asking here.)