Ever wonder why a job posted for months is still posted, even after an interview?
This is a guest post by Lavie Margolin.
Everyone's felt this.
You conduct an Internet job search and notice a job that is the perfect fit for you.
You apply, but get no response…
Nothing shocking, I know.
But then, as you keep searching, you continue seeing the same job that you are supremely qualified for, posted in various online outlets for months and months.
Argh! Why is this happening?
It may be frustrating, but there are actually several reasons, and it may have nothing to do with how qualified you or any of the other applicants are.
Why The Job You Want is Still Posted Months Later
1. The position has a high turnover rate and in order to ensure a fresh pool of candidates, the job is constantly advertised.
2. The company has not yet found the right candidate for the job.
3. The company thought they found the right candidate but it did not work out and the search is now reopened.
4. The job will be filled internally but company has to source external candidates.
5. The job has officially been put on hold but resumes are being accepted until the job opens up again.
6. The company will not be reviewing resumes until a certain deadline has passed and is trying to gather as many resumes as possible.
7. There is no job currently. Companies sometimes post jobs that are already filled to have potential candidates available if a similar job is needed at some point.
8. Recruiters are looking to fill multiple job opportunities at the same time so it is not the same job being posted but similar jobs that need to be filled.
9. The job posting was not officially closed even though the job has been filled.
10. Recruiters post phantom jobs in order to conduct salary surveys.
11. The advertising space for the listing was purchased for a specific amount of time and it will run until that time period has expired.
12. The person initially hired was moved into another position and the job is now open.
13. Job websites aggregate postings from one another. The company is not actually re-posting the position but one website is taking a listing from another.
14. The same job is being posted by multiple staffing agencies.
15. The job listing directs you to apply on the company website, building traffic and visibility for the business. In effect, it's more an ad for the company itself as opposed to the job described.
16. The company simply and annoyingly forgot to remove the job posting.
17. As an excuse to make it look as if they can't fill demand locally. (Thanks to Eric Berger)
Hopefully this provides a peak behind the curtain as to why things are being done the way they are.
Question of the article
Which of these reasons have impacted you directly, that you know of? Tell us in the comments.
What others are saying
- What does it mean if a job is reposted while I’m interviewing?
- why are some job openings posted over and over for months?
- The job I want is still open after six months. Should I reapply?
Special thanks to Christine D., Jackie M., Margaret O., Natura L. and various anonymous contributors who provided me with greater clarity into this issue.
About the Author
Lavie Margolin is a New York-based Career Coach. He is a multi-time author and has been cited for his expertise in various media outlets including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune. Lavie is available for one-on-one coaching as well as speaking engagements. To learn more about Lavie, visit his website lioncubjobsearch.com.
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