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Why Targeting Your Applications Leads to Better Success

When it comes time for job seekers to reflect upon their strategies, there are several ways they can review what is and isn't working. One big trend - sending out a ton of applications to dozens of industry-related openings - can often harm the effectiveness of those applications. To ensure a hiring manager notices your resume, consider applying new strategies to your resume and application process.According to CareerBuilder, one of the biggest problems with this approach, what they call the "I'll take anything" approach, is that hiring managers want to know that you're interested in the position at hand.

A cover letter and resume that have little direct relevance to the opening in question, outside of a few similar keywords, will likely be passed over in favor of a targeted application focused on why the candidate is interested in the position. Hiring managers are almost always looking for someone who will be happy in the position itself and will grow with the company.What's more important is that the time you spend sending out resumes can be better spent. If you're able to devote two hours a day to your job search, you can simply edit a resume and cover letter slightly for different positions and send out numerous ones. However, if you take that time to instead find two opportunities you're truly interested in, edit your resume and cover letter to target that specific position. By doing that, there's a good chance that managers will want to pay more attention to your potential. If you spend your time wisely, whether it's by applying, following up or networking, there's no doubt that you'll get better results in time.

Stop “application bombing”

CareerBuilder noted that one major problem with sending out many applications at once is that you may falsely feel that your efforts are going extremely well when they may be more limited than you'd expect. If you're able to say you can send out 10 resumes in a day, that's great, but if they aren't thought-out, you may hear from one or two managers at most. Between computer software designed to filter out resumes that aren't directly related to the field at hand and hiring managers who may not be impressed by your initial contact efforts, your odds really won't be much better than they'd be during a smaller and stronger job search.You might also want to take some time to reflect upon how you're applying between sending out resumes, TalentEgg noted. There are plenty of resources in the current market that can help you determine how well your efforts have gone.

Hiring managers can look at your resumes and cover letters, helping you determine what can go and what should be emphasized more. Even just re-reading openings and looking for better ways to approach them can lead to better results.Deceptive practices can limit your chances.It's also possible that sending out many applications can harm how others perceive your career. Without a targeted point where you'd like to end up by the conclusion of your job search, members of your network may not be able to help you. If you're open to whatever opportunities are in front of you, hiring managers may not be fond of your "anything goes" approach. By making sure you have a clear and targeted goal of where you hope to end up in the near future, you'll give your potential employers a much better reason to follow up with you.