Over the last few months, I’ve seen an increase in the frequency of candidates being submitted more than once to the same company for the same job, despite our standard question of “Have you already had a submission to this company?” There are multiple reasons this might occur:
I will take up and address each one of these separately, but the one thing all of them have in common is that they create a poor impression, work against you in the long run, and should be safeguarded against at all costs.
1. A recruiter is out there submitting your resume without your approval.
Although Stout Systems, as a matter of policy, won’t submit your resume without your approval, it is a fact of life that there are recruiters out there who don’t aspire to this same level of ethic. We recommend that you be alert to this fact. If it comes to your attention that someone is circulating your resume without your permission, our suggestion is that you take action to identify that person and request that they stop doing so. Take time to do this to reduce your chances of finding yourself in the embarrassing situation of submitting your resume to a company who has already received it from another source.
2. Poor record-keeping on the candidate’s part.
We understand how busy and involved you can be with your job search. The more companies you are applying to, the more important it becomes to do everything you possibly can to keep your records straight with regard to who and what job you are applying to. We recommend that you keep some form of a spreadsheet or document including the following:
Not only will this minimize double submissions, but in the event of interest 2-3 weeks down the road, you will have a ready reference for all of the important details.
3. The belief that even though a company declined you once, you might stand a better chance if a recruiter submits you.
I can assure you that in all my years of recruiting, this has never worked to the candidate’s advantage.
4. The belief that if one recruiter submitted you, having two recruiters submit you will double your chances of getting hired.
Even less of an advantage than 3 above.
One of your most Valuable Assets: A Positive First Impression
Along with your skills and experience, a good first impression is vital to you standing out from the competition. Maximize your chances of this occurring by not having to contend with a double submission.
As always, we at Stout Systems are interested in hearing how your job search is going. Feel free to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.