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Asked by Albert on June 13, 2017

I applied for a job two months ago. It's status says in progress. They also posted the job again. I applied again. It's still saying in progress. What does this mean?

Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on June 14, 2017

This could mean a few different things. The position could have been put on hold and the company is now recruiting for it again. Or, the posting could have expired and it was re-posted because they are still looking for applicants. It could also be a new position but similar to the one posted previously. If the status on your application says "In progress" then this likely means your resume has not been reviewed yet by a recruiter. Until you receive an email that states you are no longer being considered for the position, or until the status on your application changes, then I would assume your resume is still in the process of being reviewed. Some positions can take a while to fill based on how quickly the role needs backfilled so I don't think it's completely out of the norm if the company is still recruiting for the position.

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Answered by Amber, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on June 21, 2017

I would reiterate what Ashley said. It can take some time for companies to fill roles. There may be something going on internally that would delay the progress. They may be considering internal candidates first or trying to gauge exactly what they’re looking for. “In Progress” likely means they are still in the review stages of your application.

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Answered by Claire, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on June 21, 2017

Hello! I understand that this status can be somewhat confusing to a candidate. "In progress" can mean a few things, especially when the job is posted and reposted. It could mean something internal is changing, whether its another internal promotion or departmental change. It can also mean the job posting expired and the recruiter reposted the position. Best of luck!

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Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on July 19, 2017

Hi there!

First off -- good job keeping track of the position itself and re-applying, it shows your determination.

There could be a number of reasons this happened so it's difficult to determine what the cause may have been. Moving forward though, I would highly suggest connecting and maintaining contact with the recruiter/hiring manager. Staying on their radar in this positive way shows your ambition and they will be more likely to keep you in mind for this role or future, similar positions. 

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