If you’re unemployed there’s a good chance that you need to find work fast. You might not have time to wait for the perfect career move, you just need something to pay the bills but will applying for every job you find help or hinder your job search?
When you are in a hurry to find your next job, it can be tempting to apply for as many jobs that you even remotely qualify for, as quickly as you can. This is also known as resume spam. While you might get lucky and find a job this way, more often than not, it won’t yield results.
There are many reasons for this, the first is key word filters. A lot of companies use filters to check for keywords in resumes and cover letters and reject those that do not have them before a human even looks at your application. By using generic resumes and cover letters, there is a chance that you will not meet these criteria and miss out on the opportunity.When you send out a generic application, you are missing a valuable opportunity to address why you are the best person for the role and tell the hiring team about your achievements. You want your application to stand out to them, they will probably read hundreds of applications and putting in the effort to make yours great might mean you miss the opportunity.

Generic applications often lack personality and fail to address all of the criteria that they are looking for. Even if you can do it, no one will know if you don’t point it out. On average a recruiter will spend 7 seconds scanning your resume, make sure they see things that make them want to keep reading!

Even if you do get a call back, the chances of you remembering details about the specific role is slim and hiring managers want someone who is excited to work with them. Take your time with job applications, do your research, customise your resume and write a great application. It shows the hiring team that you are enthusiastic about working with them and displays your work ethic from the start of the process. If you would like more tips on how to create a stand out online application, click here.