Job No Longer Accepting Applications: What Does It Mean?

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You’re in the process of applying for jobs. You stumble upon a job description that you’re excited about on LinkedIn, Indeed, ZipRecruiter, or some other job site. 

However, you see that a status on the listing that says “job no longer accepting applications.” You’re disappointed, but not quite sure what it means.

To that end, this article is going to unpack what it means if you see a job listing that says that it is no longer accepting applications.

What Does Job No Longer Accepting Applications Mean?

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If you come across the term “job no longer accepting applications” it means that you will no longer be able to submit an application for consideration for the job post.

Note that the status is different than when you something like requisition closed, which means that a job requisition is no longer considering applicants.

In the case of a job no longer accepting applications, it does not necessarily mean that the job has been filled, just that the company is no longer accepting applications for the role.

Possible Reasons a Job Is No Longer Accepting Applications

There are a variety of reasons why a company may no longer be accepting applications for a job.

Here are some of them:

1. The Job Has Been Filled

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The most common reason that a job would no longer be accepting applications is that the position has been filled.

If a company has an offer accepted for a particular role, it wouldn’t be a good use of their time or the applicants time to continue accepting applications for a filled role.

2. The Company Has Enough Qualified Applicants

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Another common reason for a job not to be accepting applicants is that they have enough qualified applicants and feel confident that they’ll be able to fill the role from their applicant pool.

Certain positions, especially those that have lucrative pay and list that pay publicly, can attract hundreds of applicants early on after a listing.

If that’s the case, a company may feel confident enough that they’re going to find a qualified applicant that they may no longer accept new applications.

3. The Hiring Manager Left

I’ve had more than one experience throughout my career where a hiring manager either left or was relieved from their job in the middle of the interview process.

Often when that happens, the company is in a bit of a bind in figuring out what to do about the position. Sometimes, that will lead to the company pausing the accepting of new applicants for a particular role.

4. The Position Has Been Put On Hold

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The last possible reason that a job may no longer be accepting applicants is that the position has been temporarily put on hold.

Now, there are a variety of reasons that a position could be put on hold. Here are some of them:

  • The hiring manager leaves the company
  • A company wide hiring freeze (generally due to macroeconomic conditions or company performance)
  • A change in organizational priorities (i.e., the company gets acquired)

Whatever the reason, there are many instances where a position may be put on hold, which would lead to the status being changes to “job no longer accepting applications.”

Conclusion

Hopefully, this article helped you to interpret what it means when you see a job listing that says “job no longer accepting applications” and it provided some helpful context on possible reasons why.

Ultimately, if you come across a job listing that you’re exciting about, it’s disappointing to see that it’s not accepting applications.

However, sometimes that status is temporary for some of the reasons mentioned in the article, so it may be worth keeping your eye on it to see if the job becomes available again at any time in the future.

About the author

Dan Slocum

Dan is the founder of Best Fit Work and is a business professional with over 10 years of experience. He has been a hiring and people manager on multiple occasions, and has also gone through the hiring process himself at a variety of different companies. Dan serves as a career counselor on the side. He writes to share content, tools, and resources to help people discover and thrive in their own best fit work.

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