Send Fewer Resumes

Which do you think is more effective: 1) Sending 100 resumes for many jobs in the hope that a few will be interested in you? or 2) Send a few resumes to a few jobs that you are a perfect fit for? While this strategy is counterintuitive, sending fewer resumes is a much more effective method. An effective and customized resume can get a 25-50% "hit ratio" (phone screens or interviews divided by total resumes sent) using a send fewer strategy. Why does this work? When you send fewer resumes, you spend more time customizing and targeting for each position. Candidates tend to do more research if they send fewer resumes. You tend to select jobs you are "perfect for" if you send fewer. I advise my clients, even unemployed clients, to send no more than 5 resumes per day on average. That's only if there are 5 perfect fit jobs, otherwise sending fewer than 5 works more effectively. When you send fewer resumes you also take more care on each, and really spend time on wording, bullet locations, look of the resume, reformatting. So send fewer resumes and see how the result works for you. If you’d like more information, a free 30 minute resume consultation, or some advice about your career transition, just email your resume to reCareered at phil.recareered@gmail.com, and we'll schedule a time to talk. Trackback: http://recareered.blogspot.com/2008/03/tip-of-day-send-fewer-resumes.html Phil Rosenberg President, reCareered Email: phil.reCareered @ gmail.com Blog: http://reCareered.blogspot.com

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