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EP 1621 “Can I apply for more than one job at the same company,” is a frequently asked question I receive. As usual, the answer includes, “It Depends.”

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach for

Today's question comes down to, "Can I apply for more than one position at the same company?"

I will just simply say the answer is yes, BUT people often apply for positions that they have no experience with because they want to do it or want to get into an organization. That is a very immature approach to job hunting.

Employers don't want to hire someone because they want to do something. They want to hire you because you CAN DO something for them and, ideally, you have done it before. Yes, you can apply, but, recognize that their applicant tracking system, there ATS, will take note of the multiple applications and not just simply delete you automatically, but ban you altogether as a potential hire. The system may note you as a "serial applier."

I remember hearing the term for the 1st time from someone I interviewed for Job Search Radio who is head of recruiting for a hospital. It was the 1st time I heard the expression, "serial applier." He described it as being someone who applies for jobs that they are just not qualified for so he used the system to block that individual.

You may think it is foolish from the employer's perspective, that they may be missing out on someone who finally threads the needle correctly, the price that you have to pay for that one situation versus thousands of people who apply, from their standpoint, isn't worth it.

Yes, you can apply for more than one position , but the positions need to be within your professional, sweet spot. Otherwise, you are little more than a spammer. Otherwise, you are little more than someone who is promoting Viagra or "click this link." They don't want to do that. Your resume has to show that your background fits "within reason." The reason for that is because different recruiters may be handling different jobs.

It is not like there was one person sitting in a room with eye-shades on is looking at every resume that is coming in. Usually it is different people who are evaluating for different jobs, especially in a large organization. You always want to be within an approximation of the fit (a reasonable person would look at your resume and say to themselves, "I think they could fit.") From there, you can apply to more than one job.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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