Reapplying for a Job When It Gets Reposted

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Applicants typically should not reapply for job postings when they are reposted, but there are exceptions.

Reposting is frustrating for applicants because they do not know what caused it. Usually, the hiring manager is dissatisfied with the quality of the applicant pool, but this is not always the case. For instance, a hiring manager may not have the time to schedule interviews right away.

Rather than extending the closing date on the posting, an organization’s human resources department might require hiring managers to repost and consider job applications from both postings. Regardless, applicants who were under serious consideration the first time might be considered with the reposting, but those screened out the first time are likely to remain screened out.

When Previous Applicants Will Be Considered

Repostings sometimes state whether if previous applicants will be considered along with new applicants. Doing this is courteous to applicants because it informs them of how the hiring process is progressing. Either way, it is better for the applicants to know than not to know. Additionally, informing applicants helps hiring managers because it greatly limits the number of duplicate applications they receive.

Unless applicants are explicitly told they will or will not be considered with new applicants, applying to a reposted position is probably a waste of time. When the new posting says prior applicants are still in the running, there is no need to reapply. As far as applicants know, everyone is still in contention for the position.

When the Reposted Job Differs From the Original

If a reposting is different from the original posting, reapplying might be a good idea. It depends on how the posting is different. For example, if the posting has a higher salary range, reapplying is probably a useless exercise. The higher salary range likely means the hiring manager is trying to attract applicants with higher qualifications than those who originally applied.

Clearly, the original applicant pool did not measure up to the hiring manager’s expectations. If the new posting has a significantly different job description, it could be worth reapplying, especially if you fit better with the new job description than with the old one. The hiring manager may not have seen you within the framework of the new job description and may have wanted to start fresh with a new applicant pool since the job description is significantly different.

When a Job Is Reposted After Interviews

Sometimes jobs are reposted after a hiring manager interviews candidates. When this happens, it can be particularly upsetting and frustrating for those who are interviewed. If you interview for a job and then it is reposted, there is no reason to reapply.

The hiring manager has all the information he or she needs to decide whether to hire you. Unless you are contacted directly by the hiring manager or receive some inside or back channel information, you should not reapply. There is no need to put yourself through more disappointment.

Most of the time, reposting is a sign you need to move on from the opportunity. Something just isn’t lining up for you. Maybe the hiring manager decided you wouldn’t be a good fit, you don’t have the knowledge, skills, and abilities, or the organization’s needs have changed. It is probably time to get cracking on other opportunities, so learn from the experience and focus your job search elsewhere.