I'm interested in two seperate but very closely related positions that have been posted to the 'jobs' page of a company. One is listed as "[position]" and indicated to be "level 2", the other is listed as "associate [position]" and indicated to be "level 1". The duties listed are largely overlapping, with the more senior position having additional decision-making-type responsibility. My experience meets and exceeds the required and preferred qualifications of the more junior position. I meet most of the qualifications of the more senior position, depending on whether certain parts of my background are considered "related". Based on the information I have now, I would like to be considered for both positions and believe I would be inclined to accept either if offered.
My basic question is, should I submit an application to both positions or only one? Additionally:
- If I apply to both, should I mention in each cover letter that I am doing so?
- If I apply to both, should I write a completely separate cover letter for each, or can they be mostly identical?
- If I apply to only one, should I mention in my cover letter that I am interested in the other?
- If I apply to only one, is there a standard way to decide which one?
I should note that applications are submitted through an online form. I do not know whether the positions have the same hiring manager, and I cannot find contact information for a hiring manager for either.
I've seen this closely related question, but I don't think the advice given answers my question because a) that question was about two very different roles, b) it did not address the cover-letter related questions I ask above, and c) the accepted answer was to contact the hiring manager, which I can't do.