One Way To Prevent Overwhelm


Welcome back to our Get Hired job search blog series.  Can you believe that today is day 16?


Question of the Day: How many jobs have you applied for this week?

Remember earlier in the blog series I suggested you set a target for how many jobs you wanted to apply for and record all interactions?  As you set your target please be realistic and selective.


Job search tip #15: Don’t apply for every job you see.

You might be thinking that this strategy is illogical because the more applications you submit the greater your chances of being hired.  You may be thinking to yourself “I need a job – any job”.  Job hunting can be stressful.  A successful job search has a lot of moving parts.  Here are the reasons I believe that being selective and not applying for every job that you find out about is beneficial:

  • A targeted job search yields better outcomes than desperation.
  • Resumes and cover letters must be customized for each position.
  • Being selective helps you manage your time more wisely.
  • Being elective makes record keeping easier.
  • Confidence increases when you are familiar with and competent in a particular industry.
  • You deserve a job that you love!


Stay tuned for job search tip #16 tomorrow.

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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of The Teen Toolbox, is a Life Skills Expert who uses her Packaged For Success™ programs to help clients set goals for life and create a road map to reach those goals. Ms. Sanders is an experienced case manager, trainer, and administrator. She offers professional development training for both youth and adults. Ms. Sanders holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and has fifteen years of direct experience with a diverse array of clients in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.


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Comments 6

  • This is so true. One time about a year ago the agency I work was seeking a driver that required a commercial license. I couldn’t figure out for the life of me why some of these people applied from cooks to people with PHD’s. But the classic unqualified applicant indicated his job skills was lifting over 200 pounds. This may be good for a gym (I am not sure about that) but not for the job they were applying for.

    • I’ve seen very similar occurrences Linda. Many people believe that this strategy helps their resume be seen by more people. The chances of your “unqualified” resume being passed to various hiring managers has greatly diminished in this tough job market.

  • This is good advice. Applying for jobs that you don’t really want or aren’t qualified for actually results in more rejections and more frustration. I teach my clients to follow their hearts, prepare for their perfect dream job and look for work that puts them on the path to that dream.

  • Great advise for the job search. Blessing to you for all you do to help teens.

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