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.
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.
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.
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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Applying for two positions is a tricky proposition. In the first place, not many companies allow people to hold down two sets of responsibilities. Scheduling and distribution of the scope of work for each function will be a challenge. Most businesses want specialization particularly if the designation requires a high level of competency.
But there are companies who do job integration. The idea is to streamline job positions into one designation if there are common aspects in the scope of work. Often these require a higher degree of qualification in terms of attainment, certification and experience. Usually, this type of designation will not attract many applicants because of the lack of requisite skills and experience. Job expectations may be quite on the high side.
In you cover letter, you must state why you applied to their company. Your reason or reasons must be relevant to your decision to apply for two positions. This is a good way to set up the content of your application. Again, include the name of a contact or referrer who is in good standing with the company either as an associate or a client.
A contact or a referrer will always put the recipient at ease.
What will you do if the company or organization you are applying to did not specify in the post that both jobs are integrated? You must use the first paragraph to drive home your point why you believe both positions should be held by only one person…you! It may create a compelling argument; something which the recipient did not think of when the company posted the job.
In the main body, you must go into great detail on you qualifications that are related to both jobs. Your approach must be to identify experiences, skills and competencies from your history that would support your contention that these positions are inter-related. Draw specific incidents from your history which led you to conclude that the effectiveness of one skill will be subdued without the other. If possible, punctuate your cover letter with snippets of ideas on how you plan to manage both job positions. Hold off on giving out too much information on your approach. The idea is to inject compelling ideas and spark interest in your value proposition.
If you are successful, you can be rest assured of a return call.
Always end your cover letter with respect, courtesy and guarded optimism.
Cover Letter Template Applying for Two Positions in the Same Company
City, State, Zip Code
September 1, 2015
Mr. Louis Jordan
Human Resources Manager
ABC Management Consultants
City, State, Zip Code
Dear Mr. Jordan,
ABC Management Consultants is widely regarded as the best property development firm in the country. Your reputation in providing top notch services in property evaluation and research remains unparalleled in the industry. I recently learned through a close friend, Mr. Thomas Valentine who represents one of your clients, TGH Finance, that there was an opening for two positions: Market Researcher and Program Director, I knew had to seize the opportunity to apply for both positions because their scope of work is inter-related. You cannot maximize the performance of one department without the other.
I started my career in Market Research straight after college with YLS Financial Consultants. After five (5) years in the firm, my services were acquired by DRK Foundation, an organization funded by the government and other charitable organizations. During my 10 year tenure at DRK Foundation, I grew to understand that market research will; be rendered useless unless there is proper execution. Effective implementation will not be possible unless everyone on-board has an appreciable knowledge of the research plan and remains fully committed to carry its provisions out. While DRK remains successful, I believe its results could have been better had there been a stronger relationship between research and program management.
In the last two years, my group was given the opportunity to implement the strategies by merging these related disciplines. As you have seen from the publicized reports, the move yielded positive results with DRK generating a 65% increase in net income. These numbers have validated my theory but the Foundation remains non-committal to the normal course of action which should be to integrate the responsibilities.
Thus, I am writing to you and offer my expertise and experience in managing these positions and carry out what has already been proven successful over at DRK Foundation.
I am confident that my research experience in combination with my passion, dedication and commitment to this highly specialized field will greatly contribute to the on-going success of ABC Management Consultants.
Thank you very much for this opportunity and I remain hopeful that my application shall merit your consideration.