We all know that searching for a job can be frustrating, and that sending in applications is only the start of a process that can include a lot of waiting.
And then, well—maybe you never hear back.
In this all-too-familiar scenario, lots of job seekers may wonder what has happened to their application. Has a human being even seen it, or was it lost in some mechanical process?
The curious case of the job application robot
Be honest with yourself – The most important thing you can do to improve your chances is to carefully evaluate each job you’re applying for to ensure a good fit. Be honest with yourself and ask:
1) Are you qualified to do the job? and
2) Do you actually want to do this job?
What can help you stand out from the crowd? Here are four tips to help you make your applications more targeted.
Here’s what a recruiter thinks when he or she receives applications for every job at their company:
You haven’t actually read the job descriptions.
Spray & Pray; it’s not a good look.
Quality is more important than quantity, so focus on crafting a few high-quality applications by reading the entire job description, ensuring you can demonstrate the required skills and qualifications, paying close attention to the application instructions, carefully reading (and answering) all questions on the application and, of course, double-checking your responses before you submit that application.
Successful job seekers approach their search with discipline. Just as if you were studying for an exam or tackling a particularly tricky task at work, set aside enough time to pursue your search methodically, one step at a time. Organize your outreach and keep track of the status of each job application.
Have a “clean” resume on hand that you can alter to fit each job application. For example, adding relevant details or emphasizing past experience to fit a specific job. Don’t just start with the last resume you created for a different job – having a clean resume will make applying for jobs more convenient, and thus the job-application process will go more smoothly.
These steps may not sound as high-tech as building a job applying robot, but the more targeted you can be, the better.