How to Apply for Fewer Jobs (But Land More Interviews)

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The more jobs you apply for, the higher your chances of getting an interview, right?

Well, not really.

This spray and pray strategy would work well with lucky draws or giveaway competitions. Challenges which do not discern between the skill of each applicant.

In an interview selection process though, quality is king. It’s all about looking for cream of the crop. The candidates who stand out above the rest.

So unless your application has been tailored to stand out, don’t put it in the pile.

Sending in a half hearted application hurts both the recruiter, by having to waste time on a poor application, and your morale when you get that rejection email.

A job search process is a slow, calculated marathon, not a sprint. You need to preserve your energy for the right opportunities.

Warren Buffet applies the same methodology to investing

“I could improve your ultimate financial welfare by giving you a ticket with only twenty slots in it so that you had twenty punches – representing all the investments that you got to make in a lifetime. And once you’d punched through the card, you couldn’t make any more investments at all. Under those rules, you’d really think carefully about what you did, and you’d be forced to load up on what you’d really thought about. So you’d do so much better.”

So the next time you’re sifting through job boards, don’t resort to the temptation of hitting apply to every last application. Instead pick no more than 5 job ads you’re really keen on, bookmark them, and then spend a few hours over the weekend tailoring your application for these roles.

Remember, its not a numbers game. Only the best applicants get called for interviews. Be one of those awesome applicants.

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