Don’t Apply To Multiple Jobs At One Firm, But One After Another Is OK

Don’t Apply To Multiple Jobs At One Firm, But One After Another Is OK

You might think that in big firms, applying to multiple openings at once ups your chances of getting a nibble. Career counsellor Brian McCullough suggests that every firm has someone looking over resumes, and they’re not going to like seeing your multiplicity.

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On a general level, hitting a company for multiple positions at once makes you look, well, desperate. But for most jobs, it also nixes the idea that you’re a particularly great hire for any one position:

More than that, the hiring manager might feel you’re unfocused. As I’ve said many times, when hiring someone, the company is looking for the exact right person to fit their exact need. They want to feel like you’ll fit in like a puzzle piece. If you show up saying, “Hey, I’ll do anything, just pay me!” it sort of takes away from that feeling.

The solution, McCullough suggests in his TheJobBored blog post, is applying once, waiting to get word back, then applying again for a later, different position. Have you seen different, and found resume carpet-bombing to be effective?

Will Applying To Multiple Jobs At The Same Company Hurt My Chances Of Getting Hired? [TheJobBored]


  • I’ve just recently done this, unknowingly though. Both jobs were advertised on Seek, but without the company name as they were through employment agencies (funnily enough, different agencies). I’ve just received word from one of them that I have an interview on Monday, and I’ll hear about the other one early next week.

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