Have you ever wanted to work for one particular company, reallllly bad? This post explores the topic of applying to multiple different job titles at a single organization.
Applying to multiple jobs at the same company is a tactic used by overzealous job seekers when striving to secure employment at a specific business or organization. This technique is a calculated attempt to capture attention from internal recruiters and hiring managers. The thought process behind it is to “blitz” the company with multiple job applications for an array of job titles that the company is hiring for.
What is an Example of Applying to Multiple Jobs at One Company?
Applying to multiple jobs at one company means targeting several different job titles. For instance, let’s suppose you really want to get hired at IBM. This means you’d evaluate all of IBM’s job listings and identify the ones that align with your skills and/or experience. Example job titles include:
- Business Consultant
- Business Development Specialist
- Data Scientist
- Full-Stack Data Engineer
- Industrial Engineer
- Product Lead
- Project Manager
- Public Relations Coordinator
Is it Bad to Apply to Multiple Jobs at the Same Company?
The short answer, is yes.
Applying to multiple jobs at the same company sends a mixed signal. For example, the required skills and experience for each title above varies greatly, requiring demonstration of specific knowledge and/or experience. By applying to multiple job titles, you’re taking the approach of throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. This is one of the fastest ways to get screened out of a company’s hiring purview altogether.
Will This Tactic Land an Interview?
It’s quite possible that applying to multiple job titles will capture attention that leads to an initial phone screening with your desired employer. However, navigating the interview will be a challenge. Which role are you interviewing for? What truly are your specialties? Under this scenario, your odds of converting an initial screening interview into into something more formal are not great.
How Can I Avoid Doing This?
Find more organizations! It’s a big wide world out there. Instead of putting all your eggs into one basket, do some research, and start building a target employer list to identify other companies. Refer to our list of industry employers and list of local employers (by US city) to start identifying companies by industry or geographic location.
What if I am Qualified for Multiple Roles?
If you’re truly qualified for more than one or two roles, then it is incumbent upon you to demonstrate this. It’s a good idea to draft multiple variations of your Resume for each unique focus. We do this for clients through our 2nd Focus Resume which is great for job seekers with two or more divergent desired job titles and/or industry concentrations.