What many people do is try to apply to one position at a time and they try to customize their cover letter and resume.
This is not the right strategy because when you're trying to do that, you're spending too much time on one application that recruiters may or may not even read - unless that you have a background that actually matches one-to-one with the job description, the company, and the industry. If not it's likely that your resume and your application won't even make it to the first page of their recruiting software.
What you want to do is try and apply to as many positions as possible when you're doing this. Numbers will increase your chances of getting a callback or an interview with the recruiters that you are reaching out to.
It strictly a numbers game and this is how you're going to be able to apply to 50 - 100 positions in under an hour.
The key here is to avoid breaking momentum. When you apply for one position at a time you're losing momentum. Three and a half hours later, you only applied to maybe one or two positions and it becomes a demoralizing challenge.
Take a business development and a sales approach.
Source out all of the positions directly from the company website even when you use LinkedIn, Glassdoor and all those other job boards, unless the companies use those job boards exclusively to manage their recruiting. You’ll know this when you try to go to their site, click on Careers or ‘We’re Hiring” and it takes you back to the job board posting.
ALWAYS apply directly on the company website. Why?
Questions that you need to have answered beforehand:
Save these questions in Notepad so the formatting doesn't change and you can copy and paste directly from notepad to the text boxes that ask you these questions
Focus on Quick-Wins
When you're applying you want to focus on quick wins. This means applying for positions that don't require extensive copying and pasting or already lets you link directly to your LinkedIn account which has your resume. This includes companies that use job portals like Jobvite, Greenhouse, BambooHR, LinkedIn direct, Indeed direct etc. As you're applying to these positions, you're going to find that many of these positions use the same types of software. You're going to also find that software such as Taleo and ICMIS is extremely cumbersome. Don’t break your momentum when you get to those positions. Apply for them one at a time in the end or simply just copy and paste from a template that you've created for these specific softwares.
Track Your Application Success and Gamify It
Lastly, know that this is the best experience that you never want to have again. This is a tedious process so you must find a mental mode that allows you the motivation to move forward with this. Whether you want to set a target when you’re watching TV or in the bathroom or perhaps during work or otherwise, this is arguably the most important part of the process that you need to be consistent with.
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