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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Monday, November 22, 2021 1:51:26 AM

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I will apply for the position of sales manager.


Can you explain why it is that there mustn't be "a" before "sales manager"?
sureshot
Posted: Monday, November 22, 2021 5:01:23 AM
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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
I will apply for the position of sales manager.


Can you explain why it is that there mustn't be "a" before "sales manager"?

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Use "the position of sales manager" if the position is identifiable and you are referring to one position in the company. If the company has several "sales managers" it is better to say:

- I'll apply for a position as sales manager.

Some variations are:

- I'll apply for a job as a sales manager.
- I'll apply for a managerial position in the sales department.

Tha indefinite article a/an is used when there is more than one post/job with the same designation and when the listener would not be able to clearly identify the only specific post being referred to.
Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Monday, November 22, 2021 9:13:23 AM

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Do you mean that this is correct?

I will apply for the position of a sales manager. (if there is more than one position)
tautophile
Posted: Monday, November 22, 2021 9:37:11 AM
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Your sentence "I will apply for the position of a sales manager" is grammatically "correct", but I wouldn't recommend using it. It would be better as "I will apply for the sales manager position" (which assumes that there is only one sales manager) or perhaps "I will apply a position of sales manager" (which assumes that you will apply for a sales manager position, as opposed to a production manager or IT manager or whatever).
thar
Posted: Monday, November 22, 2021 11:23:59 AM

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If it is advertised, then it is defined. You are applying for the position that was advertised.

You do not use an article with this phrase.

A position is a job. Not the normal 'position'.
What is the position of the table? Is it next to the door?

a job:
I want to be a sales manager.
I want to be a professional footballer.
That has an article.

This is a position, a title. No article.
I am applying for the position of 'sales manager'.
I am applying for the position of 'president'.
I am applying for the position of 'CEO'.
I am applying for the position of 'weekend night replenishment assistant'.

Except you omit the inverted commas, and the sentence becomes
I am applying for the position of sales manager.

I want to work as a sales manager.
I want to be the sales manager for this region.


I would like to apply for the position of sales manager
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