How late can you apply to a job?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1362 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I wouldn’t post to anything older than a week.  If it’s been out there for 21 days, chances are the company is either using it to collect resumes for the future, or, they forgot it’s up and didn’t close it.  I usually consider it a waste of my time. 

Post # 5
1327 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think it can’t hurt.  The last time my office was hiring the add was up for about a month before someone was hired.

Post # 6
652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would apply still.

A job I recently applied for had been posted a while already when I applied, they took quite a while to get back to me, I had my interview two weeks ago and just called them to see what’s up. Anyways, they have been moving along slowly for at least 6 weeks at this point. So you never know!

I’ve also had jobs call me for interviews 3 months after applying. 

Post # 7
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@LadyBlackheart:  I absolutely apply.  The job I just got has been posted since September, but they told me they were waiting for the right candidate.  You could be the right one!  

Post # 8
22124 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’d apply anyway. Depending on the company/organization, they may still be actively collecting. Or they may not have received enough satisfactory resumes yet (and yours could be it). I’d hate to miss out on an opportunity!

Post # 9
931 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My old company always kept postings up for 2-4 weeks, that way they could get a larger application pool.   So I would apply anyway, because you never know!

Post # 10
2976 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I apply regardless of time it has been listed and try to focus more on “Is this want I want to do with my life.” And then apply.

Post # 11
2687 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

@LadyBlackheart:  I would apply. It’d be kind of dumb not to. What if it’s still open? What if they’re hiring more than one person? What if the person they hired falls through abruptly and they go back to that website to get another person? 

Post # 12
737 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@LadyBlackheart:  If I am in need of a job I will send my resume every place I can.


When I applied for my current job I was working for an oil company and in 2009 and there were major talks of layoffs.  I got scared so I sent my resume every where because I just needed a paycheck and I didn’t really care how I got it.  Well, I sent my resume in April and in the mean time took another job that was just awful and it was an hour away so it made interviewing for a job in my area more difficult.  Luckily in August my current job e-mailed me back and I didn’t even remember sending my resume but I am glad I did because I have been here 5 years and it is the best job I’ve ever had!

Even if those old posting positions have been filled the company could always have another opening soon so its nice to have your resume in their hands.

Post # 13
644 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would apply, the job I ended up with had been posted for almost 6 months on the companies website they just weren’t getting qualified applicants.

Post # 14
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@LadyBlackheart:  My job was posted for a full month before I applied. I didn’t even think I had a chance at it since I had no experience in the particular field but was sick of my old job and decided to apply anyway. I got a call the next day for an interview and (though it took awhile due to some red tape) I eventually got the job. Turned out that they wanted someone with my skill set and were willing to train me for this job. I would go ahead and put an application in. It doesn’t hurt to try!

Post # 15
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I would apply. At times, the companies leave the posting up for a 2nd batch of interviews in case they don’t like anyone from the first batch. I know that for my current job, it had been posted for months, and school was starting in 2 weeks. I applied, interviewed with the principal, and started only being able to give my job at the time a 1 week notice.

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