Job Search Insanity

“I apply to 45 jobs per day. Every day. And all I ever get is rejection. I feel like I’ve applied to 1000s of positions and I’ve had virtually no call backs”.

— said job seekers everywhere

Is this you? If so, it might be time to consider a new approach. First, remember that 98% of job seekers are eliminated at the initial resume screening and only the “Top 2%” of candidates make it to the interview” (quote from Robert Meier in a Ladders article).

Are you tracking your applications so that you have a realistic picture of how you are measuring up to the averages? Tracking gives you measurable data so that you can start asking yourself questions like:

-Is my resume not resonating with my target audience? Am I underselling my transferable skills or my expertise?

– Am I even applying for the right positions? -Should I have more in person networking meetings?

Science Magazine published a great article this week that I sent to my Fight Club (in comment section) about how it pays to take the hard road in a job search. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Now might be a good time to modify your search and incorporate some different strategies.

Tell me a time you changed your strategy in a job hunt and got better results?


  • Sarah Johnston

    I’m a former corporate recruiter and industry “insider” who got tired of seeing talented high-achievers get passed over for opportunities because they did not have the right marketing documents or know how to position themselves in interviews. I have relocated multiple times across the country as a “trailing spouse” and have had to execute job searches in completely cold markets (where I literally knew no one!) I have been named a LinkedIn Top Voice in the career space in 2019, HR Weekly’s Top 100 Most Influential People in HR, named the owner of the “best resume writing firm for experienced executives” by Balance Careers and a “top follow” by JobScan in 2019 and 2020.

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