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Make every job application matter

One thing is for sure, the more selective you are about who you apply to and how many applications you make, the better chance you have of getting a job that suits you. It is easy to feel under pressure to start applying for anything you see advertised, just to get a job, any job. When we feel under pressure to get a job, we can easily start to apply for jobs that are not right for us, and equally, we would not be right for the job.

While applying for anything might seem like a good idea to see the response, the reality is the more jobs you apply for, the more likely it is you won’t take the time to tailor each application. Sending a generic or vanilla CV and cover letter sends a signal to the recruiter, that they are just another in a long list of companies you are applying to, and they are not special or your first choice.

The more applications you make that are generic, the more likely it is you will be rejected before the interview. The more rejections you get, the more likely it is you will become disheartened. Even when we apply for jobs we might not think are perfect, getting a rejection letter is always disappointing. Imagine how that disappointment grows, when we get lots of rejections. Even if we rationalise that we are getting lots of rejections because we sent lots of applications, we eventually feel the weight of rejection chipping away at our self-esteem and that is never a good thing.  Remember the old adage: rubbish in equals rubbish out!

More reason to concentrate on sending a brilliant application for a few really wanted jobs. Compromising what we want, sending lots of applications and trying everything to get any job, also makes us less likely to interview well. 

If we target roles and investigate how we match with skills to the culture, we are much more likely to interview well. Even if we are unsuccessful, the chances are the recruiting manager will remember us and may get in touch at a later date.

So remember, be as selective about who you choose to apply to, as you expect an employer to be in selecting the right person for the role.

Check out how to make the best application possible at CareerBite. See section - APPLY FOR A JOB.

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