How many resumes should I have to send out before I hear back about an interview?
Now that it's abnormal to walk into a business and ask if they are hiring, I'm sending out resumes all the time and I have no idea if they are even being reviewed. I heard a stat once that you should get one interview for every 100 resumes you send out. Is this true? It's so time consuming to write all those intro emails and everything! #resume #careerbuilding #interviews
I am curious because it's starting to weigh on me that I'm not hearing back. Is it appropriate for me to email the company directly? What are some ways that I can make sure my resume is getting reviewed?
Anyone have any ideas about some more guerilla ways to get a job?
Don't think about the stat. Whether it's true or not, it will feel true.
Here's another comment I wrote to a similar question regarding the anxiety of the job search but I think it can apply to your question as well.
Know that the job search process can cause a bit of anxiety but it's ok, it shouldn't overwhelm you. Let the energy motivate you instead. A job search is a job in itself so take pride in it. When you land the job, it will be worth it. It's exhausting but worth it.
Your RESUME/CV is an evolving document that you will be updating throughout your career. It tells your story. Sometimes you will tweak it per job application to highlight a specific aspect of your knowledge and/or experience. But always look for ways to improve and add to it. Make it clean, easy to read and spellcheck constantly. Don't rely on a computer program to do that for you. It's usually one of the first items a recruiter sees so you want it to be a positive impression.
A TELEPHONE CALL/INTERVIEW. Be calm. Breathe. Take your time answering questions about your resume that tells who you are and your story. Take it seriously. Practice this conversation with a few people and get yourself prepared.
An IN-PERSON INTERVIEW. Be early. Have some printed copies of your resume with you. Have a pad, a pen. Turn off your phone. Practice this conversation. There are some basic questions about your strengths and weaknesses that they may ask you. There might be a curveball in there. Prepare as best you can. Practice. Do research on the company. Check out their website or news about them in trades, Linkedin, Facebook. See who works there. And have questions ready for the recruiter. Remember that while they are interviewing you, you are interviewing them. Ask what impact you could make on your first day. Be positive. Be polite. Follow up with a thank you email. Even if you don't get the job or don't want it, you never know where it may lead so appreciate the person and their time.
Each time you do each of these things, you learn more, you get better but still keep looking for ways to improve. Your anxiety will diminish and your confidence will grow.
You may never know why they didn't call or if they reviewed your resume. Until you've landed the job, keep plugging away.
Hoping this helps. All the best.
Hi Lauren...there's really no right or wrong answer here. Statistics mean nothing, because what you should be asking is "am I getting responses to my resume?" If you're not getting calls to interview for the positions you've applied for, then the issue isn't how many resumes to send out, it's about whether your resume needs work and whether you are adopting a comprehensive job searching strategy. Looking for a job is about much more than sending out resumes.
First, when you do send out a resume, do you make sure that it's tailored to the job and contains relevant information that a hiring manager is looking for, such as skills, experience, accomplishments?
Second, do you include a cover letter? Contrary to popular belief, cover letters do get read, and hiring managers often evaluate a candidate's interest and sincerity by reading the letter. If you skip writing one, or worse, use the same generic canned letter for every job posting, be prepared for rejection.
Third, are you on LinkedIn? If you're just starting out, you might think LinkedIn is pointless. However, 98% of recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates and verify their information. It's also a great way to join professional associations and groups where you can build your network. You can also contact recruiters and put a flag on your profile that you are looking for opportunities.
A job search is a job in and of itself. You need a strategy and plan of action. If you're not seeing results, it's the resume and job search process that needs to change - not the number of resumes it takes to land an interview.
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