by Trevor Gelder, Corporate Director
Talent Acquisition and Deployment
Have you sent more than three resumes to the same company for multiple job openings in the course of one month? Have you submitted even more applications than that to the same company? If so, you may be a serial applier.
You may have done your homework and feel this company is a great fit for you. You may even have friends or relatives working there who encourage you to do the same. Unfortunately, however, the “if at first you don’t succeed, apply again…and again” tactic wears very thin on recruiters – it’s almost the corporate equivalent of stalking.
Sometimes companies help interested candidates stay informed about new job openings through automated email alerts. Upon receiving an alert, you may feel the need to submit your resume in case the recruiters didn’t fully consider your qualifications and experience last week (when you applied for two other positions). A word of advice: Please practice restraint. Recruiters do look closely at your resume, and they often flag candidates with the potential to fill a future position. Recruiters don’t always know what’s on the horizon for hiring needs, but most have a general idea of where the company is heading and what the needs will be, so they often work proactively and anticipate. If you truly want to work for a company and are a good fit, it’s better for you to trust that process than wear out your welcome.