You’ve spotted a few job openings at your dream company.
You’re thinking of applying to all of them and maybe even started filling out the applications.
But before you hit the “submit” button, there are a few things you should know. Applying to multiple positions at the same company can backfire and prevent you from getting the job you want.
Applying to multiple positions at the same company vs. applying to multiple companies
When you’re applying for jobs, it can be tempting to apply to multiple positions at the same company. After all, if you’re qualified for the job, why not?
But there’s a big difference between applying to multiple positions at the same company and applying to multiple companies. Applying to multiple positions at the same company can make you look desperate, and it can also make the company think that you’re just playing around.
When you apply to multiple positions at different companies, on the other hand, it shows that you’re searching for a specific position and that you’re taking your time to find the right fit.
How to avoid coming across as desperate or unqualified
When you’re applying to multiple positions at the same company, make sure that you don’t come across as desperate or unqualified.
Here are a few tips for avoiding this:
- Tailor your applications to the specific position you’re applying for. This shows that you’ve done your research and that you’re serious about the role(s).
- Take the time to personalize each application. Mentioning something from the job listing or using the hiring manager’s name will make it stand out from the crowd.
- Be patient and don’t apply to every job that pops up on your radar. It’s better to take your time and find a role that’s a perfect fit for you than to rush into something that’s not right.
- Make sure your applications are high quality. If you’re sending a mass email with a half-finished resume and no cover letter, it’s going to look like you’re not taking the process seriously.
How to research a company before applying
Find out what the company is all about and make sure that you can be a good culture fit. If you can show the company that you’re truly keen on them, they will be more likely to want to interview you.
Browse the website of the business and social media to find out how outsiders view it.
To find any recent news about the company, such as growth, stock values, or product releases, Google them. Searching in advance will reveal more about the business, and could also raise concerns if you learn that it recently fired employees or had a product problem.
Sending too many applications for various positions to the same company may backfire. Before you apply to multiple positions at the same company, think about why you are interested in the job. Are you applying because you want the job, or are you applying because you need a job?