If you are actively seeking a job, you are probably wondering how many applications you should ideally send out in a day. This article will help you know how many jobs you should apply for per day and what you need to consider before applying for a job.
How Many Jobs Should You Apply for a Day?
The number of jobs you should apply for depends on various factors such as the amount of time you have to spare, the job adverts you come across in a day (are they all jobs you are generally interested in?), etc. There is no specific number of applications you should send out per day, and you are free to apply to whatever company you want. However, for starters, try as much as possible to limit your applications to 3 per day if you want to land a job. It can be frustrating having to send out your cover letter and resume to a company and not be called for an interview or even get a response from them. That is when you realize that all your effort is gone to waste, and you begin to feel as though you are not good enough for the job.
They say desperate times call for desperate measures but not in this case. Some people will rather apply for every job they encounter because they believe the more jobs they apply for, the more offers they will get from the employers. If you are desperate to get a job now, that is the more reason why you should take your time with each application and not just apply to every company that is hiring. You must ensure that every application you submit is on point and free of grammatical errors.
Before you apply for any job, these are a few things you should consider;
- Your Interests: Make sure you are not just applying for any and every job but rather, one that you are genuinely interested in and passionate about. Apply for jobs that will lead you towards your career goals.
- Your Qualifications: Every job comes with specific requirements employers look out for, thus, be sure to apply for only jobs that you meet all or most of the requirements. Do not bother applying for a job you have no skill in. Sorry to burst your bubbles but there is no way you will not make the cut if you do not have the required qualifications.
- Your Location: Is the company you are applying to too far from where you stay? Or is it in a country different from where you reside? Then you need to think twice about applying to this company if you are not ready to relocate or travel every day to your job. But hey, if you are willing to make the sacrifice of relocating, then you should definitely go for it.
- The Company Culture: What is the organizational culture of the company you are applying to? This is a company you will be working at for a long time should you get the job and you must be comfortable working there. You need to make sure you are applying to a company where employers are always concerned about the satisfaction of their employees.
- The Company’s Profitability: Your salary should not be the focus when you are desperately looking for a job. However, it is important to do a quick check on the company you are applying to, to ensure that your needs as an employee will be catered for adequately. Also, knowing whether your employer pays well speaks a lot about the company. It tells you that employees are appreciated for the work that they do.
- Opportunities Available: Find out what opportunities are available at the company and whether they will be beneficial to your growth and development if you land a job there. This is very important if you have big dreams and goals you want to achieve at the company. If the opportunities available at the company excites you, then go for them.
Maybe the above checklist you could use (you can add to this if you wish). This will help you limit your applications to 3 per day because you will be able to rule out all jobs that do not match your qualifications, jobs that are far from your residence, jobs you are not interested in, and companies where you are not comfortable working at.
Why is it Important to Limit your Applications to 3 per day?
The main reason is to increase your chances of being called for an interview. No, I am not saying the number of jobs you apply for per day determines whether you get a job or not. However, you can increase your chances of being called for an interview because you have a few applications to work on in a day. Therefore, you will take your time and write your cover letter and tailor your resume to the job you want to apply for. This will help you impress your employer, and you might get a call from them saying they want to take your application to the next stage (oh, the joy that comes with such news).
Limiting your applications to 3 per day will also leave you with ample time to do quick research on the hiring companies to enable you to know about the company you are applying to. You do not want to apply to a company you just came across during your job search and have little or no knowledge about their values and what they stand for. In addition to this, you need to keep in mind that you could be contacted at any time for an interview, and you have to be prepared.
Finally, you will not get overwhelmed with sending more than 3 applications per day, and you will be stress-free. You can still get some quality sleep at night to get you ready for the next day and the next set of job applications.
Now just a recap of everything…
Before you think of sending out multiple applications in a day, think of why you are applying in the first place, which is to land a job. Next, rule out any job that does not pass your checklist and for the ones that do, make sure to apply and fill the application. In conclusion, make it your priority to submit only quality applications regardless of the number you decide to submit per day. That way, you increase your chances of getting a response from your employer or being called for an interview. Also, be sure to proofread and submit only quality cover letters and resume to the companies you choose and make sure you have done your research on the companies if you are called for an interview. But, most importantly, do not let your desperation lead you into sending out multiple applications that may not be of good quality, take your time, and you will surely land the job you want.
This is the point where I say all the best in your next application, and don’t forget everything we have discussed here.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- How many hours should I spend on writing my cover letter?
Answer: Spend about 3 hours on each cover letter. Spending too little time might result in grammatical errors and a shabby letter. On the other hand, spending too much time crafting the letter might provide unnecessary details that should not be in a cover letter.
- Can I apply for different jobs with the same cover letter?
Answer: No, this is because every job has different requirements, and you will need to tailor your cover letter to that role to increase your chances of getting the job. However, you can have a generic cover letter containing the information you would like each employer to know. That will make applying for a job easier because there will be little work left to be done with the cover letter.
- What jobs should I apply for?
Answer: Apply for jobs that match your qualifications only and that you are interested in. For instance, as a fresh graduate, you should apply for entry-level jobs and not jobs for professionals. The employer might discard your application once you do not meet the job requirements, and that is something you do not want.
- Can I apply for multiple jobs at the same company?
Answer: Yes you can, but limit it to 2 jobs. You do not want to look desperate by applying for every job opening the company has. Also, make sure you are applying for jobs you are qualified for and possibly, have experience in. This will increase your chances of getting at least one of the jobs you apply for.