Applying for a job

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EP 1555 I answer this great question from Quora.

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I have a question I'm going to answer that was posed on Quora, the question and answer site. The question is a very simple but elegant one. "Can I reapply for a job?"

Of course, you can! However, it begs the question, "What's good be any different than the last time?" We miraculously have new information, new experiences, accomplish more things than what happened the 1st time? If you had a bid resume, what's going to make the employer believe that suddenly your experience is radically different? A note to them is going to cause them to question, "Was this person lazy and just send us a generic resume?"

Thus, excuse my language, is a half-assed way of responding.

Think about it. Someone comes to meet with you and there is nothing that indicates that the background fits which were looking for and they go away. They come back 3 days later and, lo and behold, they had that experience! How did that miracle happen?

Yes, you can reapply but, understand, you screwed up the 1st time. If you have the experience, why didn't you tell them? Why didn't you make it apparent instead of spamming the stupid resume to them. That's because the message that you are giving them is that you believe that good enough is (good enough).

But they are looking for is effort. You didn't show any effort.

Don't expect a different outcome. Yes, you can try again , but the probability of success is really small.


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 1500 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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