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.


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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38 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!

    1. April 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

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

  2. April 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm

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

    1. April 13, 2011 at 12:43 am

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

  3. 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.

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

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

    1. December 29, 2011 at 10:02 am

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

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

    Thank you so much for your advice Ms. Dorothy

    1. January 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Glad you liked the article Esther 🙂

  6. 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.

    1. February 2, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Good Luck Nita!!

  7. 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)?


    1. April 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm

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

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

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

  9. 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!

    1. 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!

  10. 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?

    1. 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!

  11. 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!

    1. 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.

  12. 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!


    1. March 20, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Glad you liked the post Andy and thanks again for the retweet 🙂

  13. 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


    1. 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.

  14. Valencia
    June 11, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    hi Dorothy

    Thank you so much for your tips may I please ask I am currently a student im studying a bachelors degree in financial management and im just looking for any suitable job for me and I have worked as a receptionist but i dont have qualification of being a receptionist so now im not sure on how to write my letter for an un-advertised position

  15. Karen Vernon
    January 22, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Dorothy, I am in a situation where I am interviewing for two positions at the same company. I am on my second round of interviews for both positions. I am dealing with two internal recruiters. When should I reveal to both recruiters that both opportunities are progressing. I do know which position I want but I have no offers in hand at the moment.

    1. January 22, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      Hi Karen,
      Internal recruiters should be aware that you are in the recruitment process for two separate roles. There is nothing for you to reveal. I would just wait for an offer to be presented. This happened to me once and I ended up getting both offers. The one I wanted paid less than the other and I mentioned it to the recruiter who then went back to finance and got me a better offer. Just sit tight and good luck!

  16. Mady
    April 13, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Dorothy,

    Great tips and thank you. Do you still give resume critique? I can be reached via email.

    1. April 16, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Glad you liked that tips Mady. I do still give resume critiques and will be in touch with you shortly. Thanks again.

  17. Desmond
    April 15, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Hi Dorothy,

    I am glad to have come across your website and advice for the topic of applying to the same organization for multiple positions. In my case it is to a large games organizing committee. I do get the impression that applying to multiple positions is encouraged due to the nature of the games but have recently interviewed but not been selected for one position but now a new position which matches my skill set has come up. Do you feel that the hiring manager will feel it best to avoid me as a candidate having already chosen another candidate above me? If I choose to apply for the second position, would you recommend utilizing the contacts made through the first interview process?

    1. April 16, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Hi Desmond,
      You are definitely correct that with large games organizing committees applying for multiple positions is definitely encouraged. That doesn’t mean that you should apply to all of the positions that are posted. Just the ones that fit your background and skill set.
      If you know with 100% accuracy that the new position is tied to the same hiring manager that you interviewed with for the first interview then I would apply through the website and then send the hiring manager separate email letting them know that you have applied for the new position. You can remind them that you interviewed for the other role and were unsuccessful but provide reasons why you think you are a good candidate for this new role. They will make the call if they want to bring you in again. In any case I would definitely apply for the new position. Even though you weren’t the successful candidate on the first posting, the hiring manager might be hoping that you apply for this new role as you would be a better fit for that. Even if they hope you don’t apply it’s good to apply and notify the hiring manager that you did so they can revisit your resume and remember your interview. They may even give you a second chance for an interview (incase you bombed the first one) because you reached out to them. Either way, it’s smart to use your contacts. Hope that helps and good luck!

  18. Lucky
    November 26, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Hello Dorothy,
    I applied for two positions at same company and now both manager want to interview in the same sitting. What is your advice?
    Thank you

  19. J
    May 20, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Not sure if you are aware, but the text for this article is riddled with typos. I realize that it’s an old post, but there are recent comments. Unfortunately, this type and number of grammatical/typographical errors can result in lowering your credibility.

  20. Alex
    June 20, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Great article, writing cover letters can be really stressful and this helps a lot. I have a question though, and possibly I’ve missed the answer in the article. I am applying to multiple jobs in the same government agency, in this case a county public health department. I was wondering, first, should I use the same cover letter if the job descriptions are very similar? Would it be better from the perspective of the person doing the hiring (lets presume the same person reads both covers) to read identical cover letters from the same person or two different ones? It seems a little strange to me to write about myself in two different ways, almost like I loose a little bit of credibility somehow. But on the other hand they might like to see that I’ve put in the time and effort to create two unique documents. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

  21. Muhammad Zaheer
    March 7, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Thank you for this article, it’s very useful.

  22. Sarkota
    March 14, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    You literally write about how we can include a couple different openings in one cover letter and then you say to write a separate cover letter for every position. Okay…

  23. Rose
    November 27, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    This is extremely helpful, thank you!