Q&A: How Long Do Job Postings Stay Up?

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated February 22, 2021 | Published March 12, 2020

Updated February 22, 2021

Published March 12, 2020

If you're applying for a job opening, it's important to consider how long ago the hiring manager posted it. This can help you determine whether to apply for the position, since older job openings may already be filled. In this article, we answer several questions about how long job postings stay up, the best time to apply and tips for applying late to a job posting.

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What is a job posting?

A job posting is an advertisement for an available position at a company. Employers may post these notices online or in print media like newspapers or magazines. Job postings include important information, such as:

  • Common job duties

  • Full-time or part-time

  • On-site location or remote

  • Benefits and salary

  • Qualification requirements like experience or education

  • Application requirements like cover letters and resumes

  • Contact information for the hiring manager

How long do job postings stay active?

Most job postings stay active for 30 days, however, the time a job posting stays active depends on the company, the industry, the industry's employment rate and the position. Management and supervisory positions often take longer to fill. This is usually the case because these positions require a more specialized set of skills.

Also a factor is whether the company used a job search site to list the job, in which case the company may prefer to let the job posting expire rather than having to take it down. A job search site may also require the organization to keep job postings active for a certain time.

If employers don't find a strong candidate within this 30-day window, it's possible that the job will go unfilled for the next few months. It's important to note that even when a job posting seems active, it's possible the hiring manager just hasn't noted that the role has been filled.

Why do job postings have closing dates?

Job postings have closing dates for several reasons, including:

  • Limited budget: Some companies may have a strict budget they must adhere to. Human resources departments often post on several job sites, which can get expensive if they advertise a job for too long. Companies can also lose money the longer a position stays open.

  • Enforced closing dates by job search sites: If companies use job sites to advertise an open position, the sites may force them to declare a closing date. For example, they could make companies close applications within 30 or 60 days from the posting date.

  • Companies need to fill a job by a certain date: Some companies need to fill a particular position by a certain date. For example, a company often needs to fill a teacher position by the start of the school year.

  • Companies want to prevent an excess of applications: If companies expect a high number of applications for an open position, they could enforce a closing date that controls the number they receive. Companies may do this if they have excellent benefits, they're a highly recognized employer or if it's a popular position.

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When is the best time to apply to a job posting?

It's best to apply for a job within a week or two of the job being posted to increase your chances of getting the job. The quicker you apply, the easier it is for the hiring manager to see your application and get in contact with you if they're interested. Though this is the best time to apply, you can also apply for jobs later than this date, but be aware that after two weeks the chances of getting the job typically decrease.

Can you apply to an older job posting?

While you can apply for an older job posting, it's possible that the hiring manager already filled the position. This is because the longer the job posting is active, the less likely it is that it's still available. However, if it's a position you're very interested in and you're highly qualified for it, it may be worthwhile to apply anyway just in case it's still active or becomes active again.

If a company has put a temporary freeze on hiring for the position, a delay may turn into an opening later. It's possible that the hiring manager will see your application and consider you a strong candidate despite having applied a little late. Also, the manager may be struggling to find quality candidates after reviewing initial applicants, which could improve your chances.

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Tips for applying late to a job posting

Here are some tips to consider when applying late to a job posting:

  • Reach out via professional networking sites. Reaching out to the hiring manager via professional sites can help you get noticed. To find the name of the hiring manager, check the job posting or do an internet search. The company's website may also have them listed.

  • Find the job posted elsewhere. If a job posting is no longer active, consider looking for it on a different platform or job site. Just because it's no longer active on one website, it doesn't mean it isn't active on another.

  • Consider the size of the company. Larger companies often take longer to review applications. If you're interested in a position at a larger corporation, it may be worthwhile to apply late. It's possible the hiring manager has received many applications and hasn't finished reviewing them all.

  • Consider the company and position's popularity. In-demand companies and positions may have many applications to sort through. If you apply late for one of these roles, you may face more competition and it may be harder for you to hear from the hiring manager.

  • Read through the guidelines. Some job postings may state that the company is receiving applications on a rolling basis or in the order they're received. If you're applying late to a job and this is the case, your odds of getting an interview are lower. The job posting may also tell you when to submit your application by.

  • Use your connections. If you're applying late, consider mentioning someone you know who works at the company. This shows your mutual connection while giving your application added credibility. It's possible the hiring manager will consider you even if they're well into the interview process.

  • Strategically consider when to apply. If you're applying to several jobs, apply for the jobs with sooner deadlines first. This ensures you aren't applying for them too late and that you're meeting any necessary application deadlines.

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