When jobs get reposted, it can be frustrating for applicants because they do not know what caused the process to be restarted. Although generally, it can mean that the hiring manager is dissatisfied with the quality of the applicant pool, 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.
Other reasons for reposting could be because that after conducting a round of interviews, the hiring manager may have discovered that they need candidates with a slightly different skillset or perhaps the job duties or requirements have changed. It could also be that an offer was extended to a qualified candidate who ended up passing on the position. The reposting could be the result of any number of things.
Whatever the case, applicants who were under serious consideration the first time may be considered with the reposting, while those screened out the first time are likely not to be reconsidered.
When Previous Applicants Will Be Considered
Repostings sometimes state whether previous applicants will be considered along with new applicants. Doing this helps hiring managers because it greatly limits the number of duplicate applications they receive.
When the original post says prior applicants are still in the running, there is no need to reapply. You can assume your resume has been kept on file, and if you meet the qualifications, you may be considered. With a few exceptions, applicants should generally not reapply for job postings when they are reposted.
When a Job Is Reposted With a Higher Salary
If the new posting has a higher salary range, for instance, reapplying may not prove to be fruitful. The higher salary range likely means the hiring manager is trying to attract applicants with higher qualifications than those who initially applied.
When a Job Is Reposted After Interviews
After a hiring manager interviews candidates, sometimes jobs get reposted. 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.
Most of the time, reposting is a sign that 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. Keep in mind, however, the rules for reapplying do have some exceptions.
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. 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 Your Credentials or Experience Has Changed
Sometimes jobs do not get reposted right away. A job that gets posted at the beginning of the year, for example, may get reposted later in the year. Perhaps the person who took the job initially moved on, or it just didn’t work out. During that time, you may have taken on a role that fits the hiring requirements for the new position. In that case, it makes perfect sense to reapply for the job.