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How and When to Reapply


Author: Michael Scaletti


Many of us have experienced the disappointment of applying for a position we think we're perfect for and then getting no response or a "thank you for applying" form letter rejecting us. It can be tempting to get discouraged and give up after such an experience, but the reality is that that doesn't have to be the end of the road.


There are times when it can make sense to reapply with a company, either for the same position, or for a a similar one. If you are considering reapplying with a company or position you have been previously rejected from, you might be asking yourself the following questions.


IS IT ACTUALLY OKAY TO REAPPLY?


It is absolutely okay to reapply to a position. Things change, both at the company you are applying to and within your own qualifications. Perhaps you've taken the time to learn new skills or new experiences that make you a better candidate than you were the last time you applied. There could also be new hiring managers at the company, or the requirements may have changed. Whatever the case may be, there is nothing wrong with reapplying for a position you have previously been rejected from if you think there's a better chance now of landing it.


WHEN SHOULD YOU REAPPLY?


In general it's a good idea to wait 3-6 months before reapplying to the same position, though if you are applying to a different position within the same company you can reapply right away. If it is the same position however, that time frame will give enough time for the circumstances to change at the company you're applying to, and for you to have potentially bettered yourself as a candidate.


WHEN MIGHT THE PREVIOUS PROCESS AFFECT YOUR REAPPLY?


The fact of the matter is that no matter how far along you got previously, whether you had multiple interviews or simply never heard back from your previous application, as long as you were professional throughout the process it shouldn't affect your reapply at all. Make sure you avoid rude behavior or other candidate red flags, and you should be good!


SHOULD YOU MENTION YOUR PREVIOUS APPLICATION?


The biggest mistake you can make when applying to any position is being dishonest, either directly or by omission. If you are asked directly at any point you should immediately state that you had previously applied. Make sure you phrase your statement in a positive manner, using it as a way to highlight the growth and experience you have achieved in the time since you last applied. Show that you have been proactive and are driven to succeed.


SHOULD YOU CHANGE YOUR RESUME?


Absolutely. You do not want your application/resume to be a duplicate, for several reasons. First, you know that the previous resume didn't get you the position. Even if you are applying for the same position, change your keywords and adjust your phrasing. Alternatively, if you're applying for a different position within the same company, you want to make sure that you're resume is tailored to the job you're applying for.

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