It is a mistake to think that the more jobs you apply for, the better your chances of getting one. Remember, you won’t get a job without first having an interview; therefore, the purpose of applying for a job is to get ‘The Interview”.
Targeted approaches to your job search are the ones that will work. You will learn more and get better at your approach if you really understand the companies to which you are applying. Target a few that interest you and that you know you have something to offer. Do not apply everywhere. Your job search is really a marketing problem and the best strategy is to approach to each job opportunity with lots of research about the company.
A targeted cover letter and a customized resumé that shows your skills as they relate to the job’s requirements is the best way to secure an interview. If your cover letter and resumé look like generic and general versus specific to the employer you will be dismissed from consideration quickly.
Quality ahead of quantity works every time. If you look like everyone else there will be little reason to meet with you. So don’t look like everyone else. Stand out in your job search and show the employer you are serious, have done your homework and are worthy of an interview.