Is it ok to apply to multiple jobs in the same company?

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Is it ok to apply to multiple jobs in the same company?

I am interested in this pharmaceutical company, and decided to post my resume on their website.

When I searched their current job openings I found that for the same branch, they had many positions that I could apply to, and the titles for all were also very similar, for example
Research Scientist, Research Scientist I, like that, the only exception being that there were probably one or two changes in the job descriptions of each, but overall they were at least 80% similar.

To be more specific, I have been trained to do DNA/ protein work. One Research Scientist position says that they want DNA work plus little cell culture, another Research Scientist position says they want DNA work plus little virology, etc.

So in one sense I'm equally qualified or unqualified for both positions. And believe me, every position is of Research Scientist, only sometimes there is a number in front, say I or II, or nothing at all.

Sorry to make this sooooo long, but I just wanted to make sure everyone gets my question:

Should I apply to both positions? I'm not sure how the employer would feel seeing my application for several positions? Should I just slightly modify the cover letter for each, but they'll still know its the same person?

So I'm really confused please help me out

Thank you

Jason King
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If the application process in

If the application process in via an online CV submission then there is often field that must be filled out with a job reference number. The candidate then feels that they are only applying for that one position. It is unlikely that this would be the case unless the company is very large or the job specifications are very different.

Online applications are convenient for the company and make the negative selection process easiler for lazy HR people. However, unless the company explicitly states that you should not write a paper application, then I'd recommend that you do this.

A written application will allow you to get over more information about yourself and let you include a covering letter inwhich you would explain who you are, what motivates you and why you think you are an excellent candidate for the job(s) being offered. In the letter you would state which positions you would be interested in and where certain skills are lacking you can say that you are very keen to learn new techniques etc.

Even if your paper application is not better than everyone else's online applications, you will be remembered as being one of the few candidates that invested a little more time and effort - you will tend to stand out.

Good luck!

genius_nitin's picture
I think you should not apply

I think you should not apply for more than one job for the same company,because it shows lack of interest and focus about the jobs you are applying.

Shubhangi's picture

I am also woking in private companies since 8 years and well aware of the HR policy.
You can very well apply for more than one post at the same time . Best is submit your CV and mention that your experience matches to these many posts, you are well versed in these fields.
They will interview you and based on rquirement will absorb in most suitable department.
Just don't show off. It creates negative impression.

heehawmcduff's picture
I applied for a few jobs in

I applied for a few jobs in the same university when I finished my PhD and it was actually an advantage to apply for multiple jobs because one PI whom I interviewed for, recommended me to another PI when the original funding for the project fell through. 

MUTHUMARIAPPAN Murugan's picture
yes, it is possible.I am also

yes, it is possible.I am also doing the same. But the problem is, u cant expect appropriate salary for that job.

Monu's picture
What I feel is that unless

What I feel is that unless you get a position, you can apply to many posts and also and different places. FOtr applying to a same company, mostlt HR people will put you in some mediocre profile as they will make you workeven for the higher post but with less pay.

sree sandhya
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Respected sir,

Respected sir,
I am writing this letter to introduce myself. I am Ms. Sree Sandhya Yaramala and doing my MSc in organicchemistry in VIT (Vellore Institute of Technology) university, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India. I am currently doing my MSc project under the supervision of Prof. G. Mugesh in the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India.
My MSc thesis work involves the Synthesis, Characterization and Antioxidant Activity of Amine- and Amide-based Glutathione Peroxidase (GPx) Mimics (organo selenium compounds).I am trying to synthesize some better GPx mimics exhibiting high antioxidant activities as compared to the existing mimics.  In last summer, I have done project on Functional Mimics of Metallo-β-lactamases and I also have idea on peptide synthesis.And in BSc third year I did project onEffect of growth regulators and vermicompost on the growth of Ocimum basilicum and its oil analysis by gas chromatography. Moreover, I have little industrial experience during my BSc second year. I have also worked on Catalysis and Mechanistic Studies of Ru(III), Os(VIII), Pd(II) and Pt(IV) Metal Ions on Oxidative Conversion of Folic Acid for a short-term period.
I am highly motivated with your research work and very keen to do my PhD research in your group. I believe that I will be a productive PhD fellow in your laboratory. Also, a PhD position in your group will give me an excellent opportunity to learn some new techniques and chemistry which will be advantageous for my future career.
My long term goal is to build an academic career and continue further research in chemical biology independently. Given an opportunity, I will prove my abilities and expertise. Should you require any other information, please let me know. I eagerly look forward to your response.
With regards,

Sree Sandhya Yaramala
MSc Student –Organic Chemistry,
VIT(Vellore Institute of Technology)University,
Vellore, Tamilnadu, India.