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Should you be sending out more than 1,000 applications?

Short answer is: no!

I was reading this article on CNN:  I stopped looking for work

The article profiles several people who were really struggling in their job search and had given or were close to doing so. Clearly a very sad situation for them, but Iwas amazed to see how many job applications these people sent out. The first girl they profiled seems to have sent out over 1,100 applications, most others “several hundred” applications.

If you are in the market, it can take a few attempts, esp. if you skills, experience and profile are not ideal. In fact, you can churn out quite a few applications, but I am a firm believer in quality over quantity. 1000 rubber-stamp, under-researched applications will generate far fewer leads than 10 or 20 well researched and written applications. See my post on How not to become a job application spammer.

Generally, you should spend at least 6-8 hours on research, customizing your resume, crafting you cover letter and developing a networking strategy to learn about a job before even thinking about sending out an application.

If you find yourself in the position of having become an application spammer – I can see how that will happen in a long job search – you need to step back and reevaluate. Concentrate on the opportunities you can win, step away from those that are too far of a stretch.

Good luck!

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