Resume Tip Tuesday: Can You Apply to Multiple Jobs at the Same Company?

Posted August 06, 2013

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In short: yes. If you see two positions for which you would love and are qualified for, go ahead and apply to both!

This is more common than some might realize, according to many HR professionals that I’ve spoken to. “I’ve seen this happen quite a bit,” says Tiffani Murray, independent HR consultant. “An example of this might be the need for a general project manager or project coordinator."

So, hiring managers won’t frown upon you for applying to both. Timothy G. Wiedman, D.B.A., PHR Associate Professor of Management and Human Resources at Doane College would agree with Murray.

“Large companies often post multiple job openings simultaneously, and some of those positions may have similar (or overlapping) job requirements,” he says. In this case, you’re A-OK to apply to both.

You Will Need Separate Cover Letter

The jobs might be similar, but it’s best to differentiate your skills for each position. “A separate cover letter – and possible a separate resume – should be developed for each position in order to properly address the specific requirement of each job,” Wiedman says.

Just Don’t Be a ‘Serial Poster’

Murray tells us that some recruiters see what they call “serial posters,” or people who apply to any and every job on a career site regardless of whether or not they are a good fit. Steer clear of this reputation!

Avoid looking desperate and unfocused when you apply. Simple: If the two jobs are too different from each other or too far from your skillset, don’t apply to both.

If you really want to apply to two different positions, the blog suggests you apply one at a time. This is a safe route to go and avoids the stench of desperation coming from your profile – as long as you are truly qualified!

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