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.