I applied to a job at university A. It happens that a life-long friend (and, much later, professional colleague) is on the hiring committee for that job. Yay for that job. It's for my secondary field though, so while I can see myself getting an interview, I don't realistically see myself getting the position unless everyone else screws up horribly along the interview process which is of course possible as I've seen it happen.
There is also a job at university B that I'm going to apply to. My friend/colleague at A is one of the people whose letters would be optimal given college type, subfields, etc. Except that I also applied to the job at A, and it now feels awkward to ask them for a letter for B.
Were the job market not as awful as it is in COVID times, I would just go with "get a letter from someone else", but the market crunch means I also need to be able to put my best dossier together. So, would it be unreasonable/overly awkward/etc to ask them for a letter, or is this a normal(ish) enough situation to not be concerned about its potential impact on getting a job at A?