I'm having a hard time distinguishing between the two words. I'm unsure of seeking employment "from" or seeking employment "at" a company.

The particular sentence I have in mind is this "[some context]...gain as much experience as possible before seeking employment from/at your company."

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    or even "with a company". You do not give enough information. "At" implies a specific location; whereas "from" or "with" need not have that implication. For example, if you are working from home, or travelling as a salesman, etc. you may not be working at the company, but you will be working for them – TrevorD Apr 27 '16 at 12:02
  • Well, the particular sentence is this "[some context]...gain as much experience as possible before seeking employment from/at your company." – danjb Apr 27 '16 at 12:07
  • I would use "with", as suggested in the answer from @k1eran. – TrevorD Apr 27 '16 at 12:10
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    In this specific example, I would probably say "seeking a position at your company". – calum_b Apr 27 '16 at 13:44

I think employment with is more idiomatic and is backed up by a google Ngram search.


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If it's for a cover letter, and you're seeking a particular position, state the position and how much you, with your experience, skills, etc., would contribute to the position and the company:

"...before seeking the position of [insert name of position] with [insert name of company.]"

If you do a simple search online there are lots of great, free examples of cover letters and letters of interest that could even be specific to your particular field. Most local libraries have resume-building workshops too.

To answer your question specifically, I would choose "with" because it implies 1) that you are a good match for that company and its mission (whereas "at" or "in" implies a vertical relationship) and 2) you are a "team player/investor" who contributes your own wealth of knowledge, energy, and labor to the shared goal of the company's success.

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  • Yes, agree in particular on last paragraph. With implies a more equal (perhaps professional-level job) relationship between the employee & employer – k1eran Apr 27 '16 at 15:14

Rather than "with", as suggested in the answer from @k1eran, I would prefer "in the company" because you are looking for a position in the company.

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    "employment in the company" sounds strange to my (British) ears. – TrevorD Apr 27 '16 at 13:36
  • @TrevorD - example from the UK 'Office for National Statistics': This could be partly because apprenticeships are job-related schemes which may often lead to employment in the company where the individuals are trained. – Graffito Apr 27 '16 at 13:48
  • Noted! ... ... ... – TrevorD Apr 27 '16 at 14:54

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