How Many Applications Should I Be Sending Out?

How Many Applications Should I Be Sending Out?

When you’re on the hunt for a new job, it’s tempting to apply to as many as possible. However, that strategy isn’t a good one. You’ll have less time to spend on each application or resume, making them less effective as a result. It’s best to focus on quality instead of quantity when it comes to the applications you send out. 

So just how many should you target? It certainly depends on the number of openings that are available; however, sending out one to two per day is a good goal. This ensures you’re making regular progress, but not getting overwhelmed, stressed, and sending out poor-quality applications in the process. Instead, you’ll have the time to:

Customize each application.

Every time you’re applying for a new job, you should be taking the time to tailor your application and resume around it. This means reviewing the job posting, reading through the employer’s website, and learning all you can about them. It also means thinking about the reasons you’re a good fit and customizing your application with these specifics. 

Add keywords to your application.

In today’s world, many applications and resumes go through an applicant tracking system (ATS) before a human sets eyes on them. These filter out resumes that aren’t a good fit using keywords as a guide. The keywords that are important for one application or resume might not be as important for another. When you focus on sending out one or two resumes per day, you’ll have the time to ensure they’re optimized for the ATS.

Follow up with potential employers.

In addition to sending out resumes and applications, you’re going to want to follow up if you don’t hear back. You’ll have to build time into your schedule to do this, which is another reason you shouldn’t try to send out too many resumes in one day. Instead, take some time each day or week to follow up on applications you’ve sent and inquire about next steps in the hiring process. 

You’re searching for just the right job, while employers want the ideal candidate. It’s why, when they’re reviewing your resume and application, they’ll be assessing it to ensure you’re a good fit. If you don’t take enough time to customize it around their unique needs and add relevant keywords, you won’t get called for an interview. 

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