Ever wonder why companies repost jobs over and over?

new employees cartoonThis is a guest post by Lavie Margolin.

Have you ever conducted an internet job search and noticed a job that is the perfect fit for you?

Then when you applied, you got no response?

Was it frustrating to see the same job, that you are supremely qualified for, posted in various online outlets for months and months?

Why is this happening?

There are several reasons and it may have nothing to do with how qualified the applicants are:

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 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. The company is looking 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 designated amount of time and it will run until that time period has expired.

12. The person 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 an old 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.

Hopefully this provides a peak behind the curtain as to why things are being done the way they are.

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 margolinLavie 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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  • Great list, and hopefully knowing why the job postings keep appearing can reduce some frustration for jobseekers.

    As far as agencies posting “phantom” jobs, it’s an unfortunate truth that to many agencies their applicants are “out of sight, out of mind.” The freshest resume (and hottest candidate) in their mind is the one they just received. They want a fresh stream coming in daily.

  • One company in Israel is notorious for advertising in the wanted section of the newspaper even when there are no jobs available. It’s cheaper advertising and makes them look like a strong, stable company.

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