How To Apply For More Then One Job At The Same Company

I had a great question and post idea from a twitter follower the other day:

@emst Emma@DorothyJS Do you have Do’s and Don’ts for applying to more than one job at same company? Thanks!”

When you find a job you think you are qualified for and with a company you want to work with then apply! apply! apply! You should think of each application, even if its for the same company, as separate entities because that is what they are. The real trick is with the application process and writing your cover letter.

Application Process

Most companies don’t care how many jobs you apply for but hope you are at least qualified for them. I have never heard or seen online application forms that state or limit the number of roles you can apply to but if you find one that does then you should follow there rules. If you don’t see a limit then again apply! apply! apply!

Some online job application forms can be tricky to use as well. You need to read the instructions throughly before uploading your cover letter and resume. Some specifically state that you can apply and upload your resume for each job one at a time. If that’s the case then create a new cover letter for each job and upload your resume for each role. Creating a cover letter for each job you are interested in is the ideal scenario. If there is no limit to how many roles you can apply to but it only allows you to upload one cover letter and one resume then you need to create a covet letter that address’s all the roles.

As a recruiter for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, I saw many candidates apply for more than one role. Most people just wanted to work for the organizing committee. They weren’t to concerned on what job they got, they just really wanted to work for the games and that’s ok.

Cover letter

What really annoys me and most recruiters is getting a cover letter that is addressed to the wrong role or recruiter. What candidates need to understand is that online applications and profiles can be accessed and read by different recruiters and managers. For example, you usually need to create a profile and fill out an online application form when applying for one role with a company. Your profile and application is then sent to the recruiter encharge of filling that role. So if you chose to apply to more than one role then your profile and application goes directly to more then one recruiter.

When I see an application that is addressed to a different role or recruiter, I automatically think that my role was not the candidates number one choice. My reaction is to move on and consider another candidate. The answer to this problem is to create a cover letter that addresses all the jobs that you are interested in and applying to but making a point that you are interested in working with the company than the job you get.

Here is an example of a cover letter that I would use when applying to two jobs for one company, which in this case is for NASA. Recruiting for NASA would be awesome because outer space is cool, both literally and figuratively.

Sample Cover Letter

Dear recruiters/managers name at NASA:

Your HR department has advertised two job openings for which my experience directly qualifies me: recruiter and HR generalist. While I do not have experience directly recruiting for the Aerospace industry I do have extensive recruitment experience in the following: areas:

  • Accounting / Finance / Audit
  • Consulting, Business and Strategic planning
  • Hospitals / Healthcare / Medical
  • Information Technology & Systems

In my 8 years of HR experience I have been exposed to various working environments each with unique challenges that I had to over come. Some of the areas that I have expertise in include; benefits and compensation, labour relations, recruitment, HR management and some payroll.

I would enjoy an opportunity to talk with you or someone in your organization to see where my skill set would be of the greatest benefit to your company.

Sincerely,

Dorothy Rawlinson

Bidding War

Do you think if you apply for 2, 3, or even 6 jobs for one company at the same time that the best case scenario would be that each manager will want you and a bidding war will start? Well don’t worry because that won’t happen. To discourage managers fighting for the same candidate recruiters usually have to wait for each job to close and for each recruiter to finish the selection process before moving forward with the same candidate.

Summary: Do’s and Don’ts

DO: Create separate cover letters addressing the correct recruiter and role for each job you are applying to

DON’T over complicate things. Apply to every job you are interested in even if it happens to be 4 roles at the same company

DO: Read and fill out online job applications carefully. Remember many managers and different recruiters have access to it

DO: If you can only upload one cover letter for multiple applications then make sure you state all roles that you are interested in that one cover letter

DO: Remember to stress how much you want to work for the company

DON’T forget to use keywords from the job description, which should highlight your qualifications for each role

DON’T keep secrets. During the interview be open and tell the recruiter that you have applied and are interested in multiple roles.

At the End of the Day

Being interviewed by different recruiters for one company can be an advantage. One recruiter may think you’re nothing special but another might think you’re perfect and would work well with a manager or team that they are recruiting for. Remember befriending a recruiter can land you on top of the resume pile and that much closer to a job offer.

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25 thoughts on “How To Apply For More Then One Job At The Same Company

  1. April 12, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I really appreciate this Dorothy. I’m applying to Facebook and their online application process is somewhat confusing. Your advice clears everything up!

  2. April 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you for the comment and I’m glad you found the post helpful. Good Luck!

  3. April 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    By the way, Dorothy — I’ve featured your awesome article on my “Hire Me, Facebook!” page here: http://www.facebook.com/hiremefb. If you want, please like it!

  4. Nick
    April 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Dorthy, that’s some great advice for people when there applying for multiple jobs within the same company.

  5. April 13, 2011 at 12:43 am

    I absolutely “like it”! Thank you for featuring it Charles :)

  6. Vincy
    December 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Well, I am really confused with the problem.. Your article is really useful!

  7. December 29, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I’m glad you found it useful Vincy and good luck!

  8. Esther
    January 28, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Thank you so much for your advice Ms. Dorothy

  9. January 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Glad you liked the article Esther :)

  10. Nita
    February 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Thanks for the article. Great timing as I’m beginning my hunt for a new job. I applied to a company in which my skill set and interests match all four! I was getting a little scared as I applied, but I will go for it, along with modifying my cover letter.

  11. February 2, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Good Luck Nita!!

  12. April 18, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Hi Dorothy,

    Do you happen to be recruiting talents for the World Cup and Olympic games in Brazil (2014 and 2016 respectively)?

    Thanks,
    Tatiana

  13. April 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Tatiana,
    No I am not currently recruiting for the World Cup or Brazil 2016.

  14. Ali
    June 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Thank you, it is very helpful and I hope it works for everybody nicely :)

  15. Jules
    September 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Great post, Dorothy. I’m doing a career change, just got out of college and was worried about looking like a nutcase for applying to several similar positions with the local health authority. The online application system only allows for one cover letter to be uploaded, so I’m now re-writing it to address the multiple jobs.

    I’ve heard friends in HR say they won’t bother with an applicant who applies for multiple positions within the same company – they say it makes the candidate look desperate and unfocused. On the other hand, maybe the candidate is eager and really does have the skills and personality for more than one job!

  16. September 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Jules,
    I think it’s all about moderation. I wouldn’t look at a candidate who applied for every job within the same company but 2-3 jobs is fine, especially if they are similar or match your experience and skills. Good Luck!

  17. Jules
    September 10, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Hi Dorothy!

    I’m living in an area where one authority handles pretty much all the healthcare facilities. It currently has eight positions which match my skill set and experience, and all are essentially the same job but in a different department or facility. I’m not sure if each application goes to a different recruiter, as each job is in a different place – in this instance would applying to 2-3 be the best option?

  18. September 10, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Hi Jules,
    I wouldn’t apply to 8 positions for one company even if they are in different departments or facilities. Applying to 2-3 would be the best thing and even if they do have different recruiters for each job (which I doubt) it doesn’t hurt to call their HR department and just tell them that you are interested in 8 roles with their company and what would they suggest would be the best way to apply for them i.e. apply to all individually, apply to 2-3 since it’s the same recruiter for all, or apply to all 8 in one application/cover letter. Hope that helps and Good Luck!

  19. Anne
    February 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    This is a really informative site I stumbled on. Well, I’m in the job searching process and have sent many resumes with no response. I applied for more than one job with the same company, of course with different cover letters. I am not sure how to address the hiring manager when no name is given. What is the best way to get that information? I don’t know if recruiters want PDF or DOC resumes, or if they prefer attached cover letters or a copy-pasted cover letter in the body of the email. Hope you can answer my questions. Thanks!

  20. February 7, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Hi Anne,
    Great questions. First, if you’re interested I can give you a resume critique. I’m worried that you’re not receiving any responses from your current resume. The critique is only $20. Feel free to check out my rave reviews. Second, finding the name of the hiring manager can be really tough. The better and sometimes easier route is to find the recruiters name and that can be as simple as doing some research on the company and finding them on LinkedIN. In regards to PDF vs. DOC, you should always try to send your resume as a PDF. This will ensure that you resume format will look exactly as it should. Depending on what program the recruiter is using to open your resume, your resume (if not attached as a PDF) is liable to look pretty wonky, which in turn makes you look unprofessional. In regards to the cover letter, it really depends on the application process. You should follow their instructions on how they want you to submit your information. Again, if you have a choice I would always attach it (versus copy-paste) as a PDF to ensure the your document will be viewed the way you intended it. Thanks for leaving a comment Anne and I hope I can help improve your resume.

  21. March 19, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Great tips Dorothy, I just applied to some positions with the same firm and was looking for some perspective. I changed up my cover letters a bit to best fit each position.

    I did a Google search and your site came up. Congrats on being so successful, you were one of the first people that I connected with on Twitter!

    Andy
    BackpackingDiplomacy.com

  22. March 20, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Glad you liked the post Andy and thanks again for the retweet :)

  23. Tyson
    October 17, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Thanks for the tips, I am currently applying for jobs that are relevant to my experiences and I had applied for a position as reception/admin, I was emailed back and they suggested I also apply for another position within the same company as program and student support officer, both positions I have experience in and both selection criteria’s are almost identical. My question is if both positions have similar roles eg both require admin background, do I need to do a completely new selection criteria or can I use the same one with obvious changes that address the selection criteria for each job? If that makes sense.

    Thank you

    Tyson

  24. October 18, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Hi Tyson,
    I would suggest you definitely create a new cover letter focusing on your qualifications as a student support officer. I would also tweak your resume just a little to make sure that it is very clear that you are qualified for each role. Highlight things other than admin experience. Hope that helps and good luck.

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