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If there’s a company that you really want to work at, it might seem common sense to apply for more than one position. It would increase your chances of getting a job there, right? Maybe not. Below are 3 reasons why you shouldn’t apply for multiple jobs at the same company.

The jobs you apply for become a part of your profile

With online applications, recruiters can usually see all the jobs that you applied for at the company on your profile. They check this early on to see what other interaction you’ve had with the company. When a recruiter sees you applied for many different jobs at the same company, it looks as if you are just trying to find something that sticks. Rather than targeting your job search to your strengths.

Too many jobs applications is a lack of focus

Applying to too many jobs, especially if they’re in different fields, makes you look unfocused. It’s unlikely that you are qualified for all the jobs that you have applied for, therefore, it’s best to focus on one application.

Recruiters want to see that you are strategically and specifically applying for jobs. Not just applying to any and everything. Plus, doing that appears that you are just looking to get into the company any way or how.

What if I am qualified for more than one job?

If you are qualified for more than one job, then take the time to choose which job you want most. You want to apply for the least number of jobs at the same company. Spend time creating an application that is above and beyond for those jobs, rather than applying for ten jobs half-heartedly.

If you are qualified for more than one job, and applying, keep these points in mind:

  • The jobs should be similar in function: so that if you applied for one, it would make sense that you would apply for the other
  • The jobs should be similar in level or experience
  • Don’t apply for more than 3, even if the above rules apply, as it’s excessive.

When applying for multiple jobs at the same company, make sure that you are not sacrificing quality for quantity. Make sure that you remain focused in the types of jobs you are applying for. Keep it a maximum of 2-3 jobs at a time. Too many applications can look desperate, and make you appear not committed.