I applied for the dream job in January and was rejected in April after the final interview.
Similar job now opened at the same agency, but under a different team. Do I message one of my old interviewers who had connected with me on LinkedIn to give him a heads-up that I’m applying for this new vacancy, acknowledging that it is on a different team, and ask if he thinks it’s a good fit? Or is that going to look bad on my part? Note: I’ve never really had a conversation with him outside of our interviews because we had always communicated through a 3rd-party contracted HR rep (this job is managed by a contractor).
I don’t want to cold-apply to this new vacancy if I know that I was a top candidate for a similar position two months ago. That being said, I don’t want to come off as "cutting in line" in front of other applicants. My old interviewer may not have any contacts on the team that is hiring, but if he does, it could make sure that someone there sees my application.