So you were rejected for a job the first time around. Can you reapply for the same job after being rejected? Yes, you can certainly reapply for the position. However, unless you’ve updated your resume or enhanced your skills – it’s likely not worth it.
There are a few things to keep in mind before you reapply to the same position.
#1 – How Much Time Has Passed?
Most companies have policies when it comes to reapplying for a position. Always make an effort to find out what there policy is. You could do this by browsing their website or reaching out to someone in HR.
Most companies have a policy where you have to wait anywhere from 4 – 12 months to reapply. Reapplying too soon could make you seem desperate and unprofessional which could also really hinder any chances you have working with that company.
#2 – Determine the Reason for Rejection
Was there any explanation or feedback as to why your application was declined? If so, you would obviously have to address those issues before you reapply.
If you made it to the interview already, you stand a better chance at landing the position. It could be that the requirements have changed, there is new personnel in charge of hiring, or the applicant pool isn’t as competitive this time around. Whatever the case is, make the effort to see what you could improve on this time around. Were there any interview questions you had difficulty answering? Is there anything you felt you could have said to make you come of as a stronger candidate?
If you didn’t make it to the interview or receive a response regarding the rejection, take some time to look into the job description in detail and determine what could have caused the rejection. Make sure your resume contains all of the requirements listed in the description. This leads us to our next tip.
#3 – Optimize Your Resume
The resume is the first impression you have on a potential employer. The first step is making that impression and getting past an ATS (Applicant Tracking System). Most companies today use an ATS to automatically screen resumes and determine whether you’re a good match for the position. As many as 75% of resumes are rejected by an ATS and many times the candidate is qualified but the resume isn’t optimized.
It’s very likely that your resume was rejected by an ATS an not a human. You need to ensure you load your resume with relevant keywords and use an ATS friendly resume format.
You can see how your resume does in an actual ATS scan through our free resume review.
#4 – Reapplying for a Job – Cover Letter
If you were told the reason for rejection, you would need to mention your previous application in a cover letter. You want to be honest here as most HR personnel use sophisticated systems that could see that you’ve already applied.
Mention that you’ve applied for the position before and you feel you’re a good match for the position because XYZ.
If you’ve made any significant progress with additional experience or skills, be sure to mention it. The same goes for any additional certifications or education.
#5 – Apply to Other Jobs
Many job seekers make the mistake of focusing on a single position and get discouraged when they don’t get it. Remember that a corporate job opening in the U.S. receives an average of 250 applicants. You should absolutely put in the time and effort to apply for a position you really want but don’t sit around waiting for a reply. Apply to as many positions you’d be willing to take.
Getting a job application rejection doesn’t mean you should give up. You can certainly reapply for a position you were initially declined for but put in the time and effort to determine or fix the reason for rejection. Make sure you check the policy on how long you need to wait before reapplying.