Applying For Multiple Positions At One Company: Smart Or Set Up For Failure?

In Top This on November 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Oct 22, 2013 By Rashida Maples, Esq

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Looking for a job is a job in and of itself. I do not know many people who actually enjoy the process of applying for multiple positions, only to be turned down or not receive a response altogether. Couple this angst with the state of the economy the past couple of years and you have many people applying for as many jobs as possible.

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Sometimes out of frustration, but most times out of desperation, numerous job candidates have applied for more than one or two positions with the same company. Is this strategy of going for everything you can smart or a set up for failure? Here are the top three pros and cons of applying for numerous positions within the same company.


1) You in fact may be qualified for each position that is posted so why not go for it? Just because you are qualified for one position should not negate the possibilities of being an asset for another position. You may increase your odds of being called back by applying for more than one position.

2) Applying for more than one position may positively display your persistence. If you applied for one position and did not receive an interview, applying for another one which you qualify for within the same company has been noted by some HR executives as sign of persistence and desire on the part of the candidate.

3) In larger companies, there may be two different hiring managers for the different positions. While one HR manager may feel you are not a fit, the other may be interested in what you can offer.


1) Rushing. Each resume and cover letter should be specifically drafted for the position you are applying for. It has been noted that some candidates disperse multiple applications and resumes in such a rushed manner that they fail to specifically highlight their qualifications for each individual position.

2) Coming off as desperate. Some HR managers sense the desperation of an applicant by their unappealing cover letter and lack of necessary qualifications. It is easy to spot the candidate who is just “going for it” as opposed to the candidate who is perfect for the job.

3) You may start a bidding war within the company. Companies do not want friction between their departments. It has been suggested that you focus on one position and I it turns out to not be a good fit, speak with your HR department about moving into another one.

Rashida Maples, Esq. is Founder and Managing Partner of J. Maples & Associates ( She has practiced Entertainment, Real Estate and Small Business Law for 9 years, handling both transactional and litigation matters. Her clients include R&B Artists Bilal and Olivia, NFL Superstar Ray Lewis, Fashion Powerhouse Harlem’s Fashion Row and Hirschfeld Properties, LLC.


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