I would like to know which of the following is correct:

  • I am looking for a position of Senior Developer with a stable company.
  • I am looking for a position of Senior Developer in a stable company.

For instance, in the article "Job Interview Question: Why Are You Leaving Your Job?", the author — who is, as far as I understand, a native English speaker —, gives the following example:

I am seeking a position with a stable company with room for growth and opportunity for advancement.

Here is another example at the website of the company Pacific Drilling (quote):

How do I apply for a position with Pacific Drilling?

I just want to make sure, is the use of "with a company" the correct form for my example sentence? Or maybe such usage is common in the US?

Would be highly interested to hear the opinion of native English speakers.

Edit: I emphasize, what is the correct/common form with respect to my particular sentence: "with" or "in"?

Of course, I know there are cases when you can use one or another.

  • Notice that your native speakers say a position, but you say the position: Meaning that there is only one position at that company, and you are looking for it.
    – GEdgar
    Mar 3, 2013 at 2:05
  • @GEdgar Oh, thank you for pointing it out. I thought that, in this case, it meant more like a concrete position, not the only one... btw why "your native speakers"? My native language is Russian. Mar 3, 2013 at 2:08
  • By "your native speakers" I intended "the native speakers you quoted in the question".
    – GEdgar
    Mar 3, 2013 at 13:28
  • @GEdgar I see. I visited Your account page and You happened to be an American Math professor. Could You say, is using "with" in my specific sentence above the correct/common form? I mean would it be OK for an American to use "with" in the above mentioned sentence? You should be a native English speaker. Mar 3, 2013 at 17:41
  • Both in and with seem grammatical to me.
    – GEdgar
    Mar 3, 2013 at 18:06

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I am not a native speaker, but I believe that both I am seeking a position and I am looking for a position are correct, and I would definitely say and write with a company.

If you are not applying for an advertised position, you may write

I am looking for a position of Senior Developer.


I am looking for a Senior Developer position.

If you are applying for an advertised position then you would simply write

I am applying for the position of Senior Developer.

  • Thank you for your answer. It is not the advertised position. I am purely interested in what is the correct form: using "with" or "in" in my concrete sentence. I know there are cases when you can use "in" or "with". But just in my concrete example, which is the correct / common usage. Anyways, thanks for sharing your opinion. +1 Mar 3, 2013 at 1:50
  • The correct form is to look for a position with a company or to seek a position with a company. Also, I answered the way I did because you had written looking for the position instead of looking for a position.
    – The Frog
    Mar 3, 2013 at 2:26
  • I see. Thanks, +1. Just waiting, maybe some Americans or Brits will also give their 2 cents Mar 3, 2013 at 2:38
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    My 2 cents: I think lots of people use in a company — I wouldn't call it wrong — but to me with a company sounds more formal, which as a job applicant is definitely something you want to aim for. Mar 4, 2013 at 16:37
  • @PeterShor Wow, another American Math Professor, and now from MIT! Thank You, sir, that's what I thought - using "with" is more formal/official, and this is exactly what I need. I'm glad my suggestion was confirmed. I really appreciate Your help. Mar 5, 2013 at 19:20

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