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Now, here, somebody asked me a question, "Can I apply for a job if I was turned down by the company?"

Now, we don't know where in the process, this person was turned down. So, I'm going to try and dissect it in a couple of different words. If you submitted a resume to a firm and you never got a response, that's a form of being turned down, right? So, certainly, you can do it, but it tells you that their applicant tracking system (And by the way, never apply for a job through an applicant tracking system. Always try and find the hiring manager first), but given that you've done this once, you should learn a lesson from it. The lesson is that your resume didn't make a strong enough case for your fit.

This time, you've got to tweak it again, to make the fit obvious. You see, these systems want to see the right experience and the systems want to see it early in the resume, not later. Or, if you keep doing this over and over again, the systems may mark you as a 'serial applyer."

In other words, it's a form of digital spam. You don't want to be in that position. So, number one, try and apply directly to the hiring manager by finding them through the organization. And number two is if you're going to use the applicant tracking system, do a better job of showing the fit. You can also add in better use of keywords in that.

Now, if you were turned down after an in person interview, then we've got a different situation? Are you applying for the exact same job with the exact same manager? Well, you've already had one interview. You can call HR in all probability and ask, "is this a position with so and so? Do you think they might be open to talking with me again? The probability is they won't return your call. The "However" is if you were a close second in the search, and they've told you, "Oh, you came so close to getting the job. Oh," then what happens is, you can call and say, "Hey, let me try running that by them," might be the response.

If it's a different position with a different manager that has a similar requirement, I don't see that there's going to be an issue. But, obviously, you need to have performed well on the first interview. If you came in like a lightweight and they were looking for somebody much stronger, you hurt your possibilities on this second go around because why should they give you a second chance for a similar type of position? They may have graded you far too Junior for them. The likelihood is they won't hire you again.

So, to answer the question, yes, you can do it but follow these conditions because they do make a difference as to whether or not you might actually be interviewed.

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5 Responses
  1. DJ Hottest

    I’ve experienced several situations
    – Company A
    Applied for position 1, got interviewed by HR, got turned down.
    Applied for position 2, got turned down. No interviews.
    Applied for position 1 (One), got the job.
    – Company B
    Applied for position 1 several times, got turned down. No interviews.
    Applied for position 2, got invited for interview but did not interview.
    Applied for position 2, got interviewed by HR and hiring manager but did not get the job.
    Applied for position 1 (Reached out to the hiring manager), got the job offer but did accept.
    – Company C
    Applied for position 1, got turned down. No interviews.
    Applied for position 2, got the job.
    I’d re-apply if I didn’t get interviewed (Of course improve resume, etc.).
    I’d wait for around 6 months to re-apply for the same position if was turned down after interviews.

    1. DJ Hottest

      +Jeff Altman
      – Resume: Sell what you have AND what they’re looking for.
      – Don’t be afraid to reach out to the hiring manager.
      The above two things will increase you chance of being interviewed.
      – Prepare for the interviews.
      – Prepare a 30-60-90 day plan (I don’t think you’ve made a video about this). Very powerful. The interviewer will very likely to say Wowwwwwwwwww.

    2. DJ Hottest

      @Jeff Altman
      – Resume: Sell what you have AND what they’re looking for.
      – Don’t be afraid to reach out to the hiring manager.
      The above two things will increase you chance of being interviewed.
      – Prepare for the interviews.
      – Prepare a 30-60-90 day plan (I don’t think you’ve made a video about this). Very powerful. The interviewer will very likely to say Wowwwwwwwwww.

  2. DJ Hottest

    I’ve experienced several situations
    – Company A
    Applied for position 1, got interviewed by HR, got turned down.
    Applied for position 2, got turned down. No interviews.
    Applied for position 1 (One), got the job.
    – Company B
    Applied for position 1 several times, got turned down. No interviews.
    Applied for position 2, got invited for interview but did not interview.
    Applied for position 2, got interviewed by HR and hiring manager but did not get the job.
    Applied for position 1 (Reached out to the hiring manager), got the job offer but did accept.
    – Company C
    Applied for position 1, got turned down. No interviews.
    Applied for position 2, got the job.
    I’d re-apply if I didn’t get interviewed (Of course improve resume, etc.).
    I’d wait for around 6 months to re-apply for the same position if was turned down after interviews.

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