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Asked by Trish on January 7, 2016

One company with whom I am very interested in working with, has four open positions. Each interests me and I believe I am qualified for all positions. Should I apply for each position?

Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on January 7, 2016

This is a tricky question. There's a balancing act to keep in mind when applying for multiple jobs at one company - on one hand, you want to apply for the positions to increase your chances of being interviewed and hired on at the company; on the other hand, you don't want to appear desperate and unsure of your desired job path. If the jobs are similar in nature (different roles within the same department), I think it's appropriate to apply for two, possibly three, of the jobs, but not all four. Also, before applying, be sure you read the list of requirements to ensure your education and experience meet the minimum required for the role. This may help you choose which are the best positions of the four to apply for. Best of luck! 

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Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on January 7, 2016

Great question and one that I know many people often wonder about. The important thing to always consider when you are applying to a role is how well you meet the role qualifications and your interest level in the position. A company will consider you for each role that you apply to, but if you do not meet any of the minimum qualifications of the role, you will be rejected. If recruiters see that you are applying to every role that they have posted and you don't meet the requirements, you will lose credibility, but if you are applying to similar roles in which you possess the qualifications, then that is fine. The recommendation I have is that if you are contacted by the company to be interviewed for one or more of the roles, that you communicate to them that you have applied for more than one role and why. You will want to be transparent with them in case there are multiple recruiters handling the positions and they aren't aware you are already in process for one of them. Good luck!

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Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on January 8, 2016

Yes, I would go ahead and apply for all positions in which you have an interest.  Most companies will have an internal protocol on how to handle a situation where multiple hiring managers are interested in the same candidate.  Be aware, however, that it may come down to a situation where the company leaves it to you to choose which position(s) you prefer.  If this occurs, assuming key elements like compensation are equal, you will need to think about things such as how your personality fits with the leaders and your peers, growth potential, flexibility, etc.  In this scenario, you may want to ask to speak with some of the peers in each group.  Bottom line, do not limit yourself by only applying to one position.  If you feel that you are in demand, put yourself out there as much as possible and let the companies work through the details of ultimately what position to which you are hired.

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Answered by Gigi, Hiring Expert at ADP, on July 25, 2016

Choose your openings carefully.
Only apply for positions you feel you are very suited for. And, if possible, try to apply for positions that are at least somewhat similar in terms of pay and qualifications. This will demonstrate that you're not applying for every opening and that you are bring strategic with you job search.
Tailor your application for each position.
If their online system allows it, submit a separate CV and cover letter tailored to each job. This will show the recruiter you thought about how you are a strong candidate for each position and not just shooting off your CV to every opening you see posted.
If their system won’t allow you to submit a separate CV and cover letter, be sure to address your interest in multiple positions in your cover letter and briefly state why you think you are a good candidate for each. You can also try to get an email for the recruiting department to send separate CVs and cover letters.
The key is to be upfront about the fact you are interested in multiple opportunities and demonstrate you thought about how you can add value to each.
Consider explaining that you have applied for multiple openings in your cover letters, especially if you're applying at a small company where there is likely to be a single recruiter or hiring manager.

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