|Please don’t be this person|
A question came up recently in one of the career management LinkedIn groups that I frequent for discussion. One of the members posed the following question:
If I continue to apply for a position that is being posted & I know that I qualify for the position, why is it that the candidate would come off desperate & not just highly interested in the position?
My first thought was that she can’t be serious asking this question but after thinking about the situation of the job market today (shrinking HR teams and increasing applicant pools), the question makes sense. That being said, submitting multiple applications for the same job is a bad idea on multiple levels.
Second, you will seem desperate and I’ll tell you why. People have more value to potential employers. They think this person must be worth something because Competing Company has him on their team. You want to project the confidence of someone who has options. If you have time to apply to the same job several times, how many options can you possibly have?
If losing out on the current job seems bad, your behavior could impact you future candicacy at the target employer. If I’m the hiring manager and you were borderline for the role in question but possible fit for something else, it’s a clear sign you don’t do well with less-than-pleasant reality if I keep seeing your resume pop up for the same job and I won’t want to work with you…but I’d have no problem filing a restraining order against you. Seriously, don’t behave like a stalker.
Lastly, your nagging highlights your immaturity and/or laziness. Pursuing goals with passion is one thing but you have to go about it the right way – leverage alumni networks, LinkedIn, friends of Facebook friends, and even Google search – but don’t think you’re going to force your way into a position simply by stacking the deck in your favor just by producing more volume. This isn’t the lottery…odds are if you got passed last week for the job, this week holds the same fate.
I’m sure there are other ways that this poor man’s version of persistance could go wrong but if you need more convincing maybe YOU don’t do well with less-than-pleasant reality. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.