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Are You Applying to too many Jobs?

by Sherri McDermid

Many people think that the more jobs you apply to the better. However, in the case of resumes and job applications, more is not always better. While sending out resumes day after day can feel productive, it’s not necessarily the best approach. Sending resumes to lots of companies then waiting for a call just does not work in today’s marketplace. Instead of sending hundreds of resumes out to companies hoping that it will come across the desk of someone who is hiring, do some research and send fewer, but more targeted resumes.

Personal contact, networking and researching companies are all important in the job search process and if done well, will help you narrow down the number of places you want to apply to. Use these strategies to determine if the job posted is really what you want and is with a company that you want to work for. You can also use these strategies to identify companies to apply to that may not have posted a job. Talk to people and research to find out who is hiring and then create an application that showcases your talents for that particular job.

Submitting a quality application takes time. Sending the same cover letter and resume to every posting is not a good strategy. You should tailor your cover letter and resume to the job you are applying for to highlight why you are a good fit for that particular job or company. Although tailoring your cover letter and resume takes time, it is far better to send a great application that demonstrates how your skills and talents match what they are looking for than to send several non-specific applications that will not stand out. Spend your time wisely and go for quality, not quantity.

Another thing to consider is that applying to too many jobs within the same company can make you appear unclear on your job goal. When an employer sees the same person apply for several very different jobs within the same company, it can be a red flag. Employers want to hire people who know what they want and are focused.

Working on submitting high quality applications rather than a high quantity will be a much more effective use of your time and will allow you to focus your energy where it will yield the best results. If you are job searching, you may find it helpful to talk with an Employment Advisor at one of Lutherwood's three employment services offices, where you can receive free assistance with your job search.