I'll try to keep this brief and will have to be vague in places to avoid being identified but I genuinely want another perspective here. I have worked at the same place for a few years doing job A very successfully (not blowing my own trumpet - the feedback from management has been extremely good). I am currently covering job B which I am qualified for and took on at very short notice alongside job A. I have also done this before. I can't say why I was asked at short notice but I agreed both times and have given my all to both roles. Again, feedback from management has been very positive. I'm told I do a good job, I'm very valued / they don't want to lose me etc. Job B is a step up btw but as i said, I am qualified for it. I am now thinking ahead to next year and would prefer job B to job A, preferably in the same place but somewhere else if needs be. Now for the dilemma, the job I am.covering is available next year but I am told it is being advertised externally and I obviously can apply. I'd have no problem with this except that there are a number of people who have covered roles and then either been given jobs with no advert or internal adverts only. Including two in the same dept who left and then came back. I can't help but feel hurt that the process is different for me compared to others. As I say, feedback on my work has always been positive, all jobs others have got are at the same level. I just don't understand it I am now applying elsewhere anyway as obviously no guarantee I'll get the job but does anyone have any idea why some jobs are being advertised externally and others aren't? I don't think it's because I'd be changing jobs because others have changed without external interview before. Shall I just take it that they don't want me?