For those who have been at a job search for an extended period of time, you’ve likely seen positions pop up with organizations you’ve submitted applications to months or years before. Trust me when I tell you it is absolutely okay to double dip. Don’t be shy about taking another shot at working for a company that may have rejected or ignored you in the past. It’s possible the “no” you received in the past was really a “not at this time.” Considering the companies job seekers apply to early in their search tend to be their favorites, or those most in-line with their professional background, failing to try again would be a crime.

If you are going to double dip, allow me to make one recommendation. Make absolutely sure you show some growth since your original application or resume submission. Growth can come in the form of volunteer experiences, newly acquired skills, internships, expanding networking circles, etc. There is no excuse for handing an employer an identical resume the second time around.

A job seeker not having any new features to sell after months or years is a red flag to hiring managers. What better way to ensure you’re viewed as someone lacking initiative or the ability to grow? This is not like a high school reunion where it’s cool to hear, “you haven’t changed a bit since I last saw you!” Living things are expected to change over time, so do your best to shed any resemblance to an inanimate object and make sure the valuable changes you’ve made since the last point of contact are known.


Lisa joined the Michigan State University Alumni Association as Director of Alumni Career & Business Services on May 1, 2012. Her primary focus is to develop effective networking and resource channels for experienced alumni interested in professional development and job search strategy assistance. Additionally, Lisa works directly with corporate, education, foundation and government partners seeking to attract qualified talent, retain and develop good employees, and establish collaborative relationships in line with their established goals and objectives.



  1. spartanshelpingspartans 4 February, 2014 at 16:27

    Mike, when you say your resume has dozens of jobs, do you mean freelance projects or employers you’ve received a W2 from? If you essentially worked independently for the past 25 years, then you should combine the time under your freelance work and break down some of the more relevant projects for the work you are pursuing now. There is no need to list each individual project if you group it all together.

    If you’d like, you are welcome to email your resume to me so I can see what you mean.

    Thank you for your comment.


  2. Mike 3 February, 2014 at 01:52

    I’ve been struggling with a 25 year long freelance career falling apart as the business slowly dies where I live. I am ready to make a transition to staff, ready to try something new and challenging, but my resume has dozens and dozens of jobs on it. Many projects I have overseen where only a month in duration. How do I get by the computer screeners when I have so many jobs on my resume? What do you recommend as an approach?

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