Tempted to Apply for Multiple Jobs at the Same Company?

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When you’re excited about a company, it’s natural to want to apply to several different positions there. But job hunters might be worried about the impression it gives off. If you’re wondering if it reeks of desperation, the answer is . . . it depends.

Applying for different positions in the company works if you are truly qualified for the positions you’re applying to. It also helps if you are tailoring your résumé for each position. Another factor you must consider is the size of the company. If the firm is huge, then chances are you might not be getting the same HR person looking at your application.

Most importantly, even if you’re applying for multiple positions, try to limit yourself and be realistic. Applying to two or three positions you qualify for is acceptable, but submitting your résumé for every single position listed can be a turnoff.

Some recommend applying to one job at a time and, if you don’t hear back and some time has passed, applying to another position later. However, the danger of this strategy lies in the fact that the jobs may be gone by the time you’re ready to apply again. You’ll have to weigh the risks on your own to see which approach to take in different situations.

  • Don Knotts

    I have applied for multiple jobs inside a company before. Given my background, my skills are easily transferable to other opportunities in the same field. However, recruiters have a really tough time reading resumes as it is so trying to explain to them why you are capable for more than one thing is enough to make their heads explode.

    To make matters worse, if you don’t get a job at that company after you apply, don’t even bother applying for anything else for the foreseeable future – if ever. Even though companies say that they only keep resumes on file for 6 months, that’s a total lie.

    I have actually applied for jobs where a recruiter submitted an outdated resume by 8+ years to a hiring manager who refused to speak with me saying I didn’t have enough experience – if the recruiter actually gave the right resume, I might have had a chance, but most are simply too incompetent to handle more than one. I tried to ask the recruiter to give the hiring manager the correct one, but by then the job was filled.

    Long story short, you have one shot – make it count or say good bye to that company.