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Old 06-19-2013, 02:11 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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The issue is there are some job coaches who say that you need to have a specific job targeted. The issue is not every job people are looking for exists.

As for how many jobs I apply to weekly. I try to apply to at least one each day of the work week because only a few jobs are posted on Saturdays and Sundays.

And the one job I had in mind each day was Job Coach/Job readiness Trainer which was only posted 5 times between January 2012 and December 2012.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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Most often 5, now more like 10 a week.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:24 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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This was several years ago when I was unemployed:

~160 applications total in a little over a year, lots of callbacks/phone screens, ~15 f2f interviews, 3 offers.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:32 PM
 
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Well don't talk like it can't happen
hah, I do know it sure can happen. For the past several years, NIH funding has been dwindling and I've come close to being laid off many times due to grants running out.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Bowie, MD
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Year before last I was unemployed for about a month. Lost my job due to a bad situation, so I spent the first week kind of licking my wounds. Hopped on the ball, started applying to anywhere from 2 - 5 jobs a day. I was able to cast a wide net because I've got a car and live in a Metro-accessible area.

Of those, I was getting maybe one or two phone interviews at a time. Of THOSE, most of them had lengthy hiring practices (standard in the DC area).

Anyway, was offered a temp job that was full-time and took that but was getting and attending interviews in the meanwhile. By early December, I had 6 job offers on the table. I liked my temp job, but it was temp and the company has Christmas Vacation, which meant I would have been unemployed for 10 days straight.

Accepted one of the several jobs, put in my 2-week notice, the company I was temping for then cast their hat into the ring and offered me Staff. I accepted, and 2 years later here I am.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Camberville
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Once I got started and had a bunch of tailored resumes and cover letters, I was applying to 15-20 jobs a day. Each application would be tailored to the ad - if you have 15 "templates" to go by, you can limit how much you have to tweak! At the time, I had just graduated from college, was looking to get my foot in the door in a few industries (higher ed, nonprofits, government), and was open for worldwide assignment.

Now I work at least 9-5, have a 2 hour round trip commute, and manage to apply to at least 10 jobs a week. I have developed a specialization so there are less appropriate jobs to apply to plus I'm working, taking classes to continue to update my skills, and am much more limited in where I'm looking for work (mostly because I can't imagine a company being too interested in putting up with a relocation of someone still fairly early in her career!).
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:53 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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Once I got started and had a bunch of tailored resumes and cover letters, I was applying to 15-20 jobs a day. Each application would be tailored to the ad - if you have 15 "templates" to go by, you can limit how much you have to tweak! At the time, I had just graduated from college, was looking to get my foot in the door in a few industries (higher ed, nonprofits, government), and was open for worldwide assignment.

Now I work at least 9-5, have a 2 hour round trip commute, and manage to apply to at least 10 jobs a week. I have developed a specialization so there are less appropriate jobs to apply to plus I'm working, taking classes to continue to update my skills, and am much more limited in where I'm looking for work (mostly because I can't imagine a company being too interested in putting up with a relocation of someone still fairly early in her career!).

10 jobs a week sounds more realistic than 15 a day
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:56 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I did 2-4 a day usually. Some for jobs I didn't really qualify for but really wanted. At the end though, I stopped doing that and applied for jobs I know I could get and did. I really wanted to do a career change but it didn't happen and I couldn't wait any longer.
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:52 PM
 
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Honestly, I have not been applying as much as I should. I often put out 5-10 applications a week. But I am having problems finding jobs for which I would be a good match for the following reasons:

1) I am trying to find an entry-level corporate position related to accounting. Since I am not in college anymore and not wanting to do the public accounting or auditing route (after having a bad experience auditing in the government and realizing audit is not for me, and hating tax), there are some times that I find that I do not have enough experience to apply for most of the jobs I see.

I wonder if when an employer say 1-2 years of related experience, the employers actually mean less than that. I would love to get jobs like these, but I am not having much luck in my application process when the posting requires that much experience.

I have had luck in accounting/finance postings that actually say that they don't require experience at all.

That stated, I am having a good turnaround rate from my job search (getting lots of interviews from the applications that I do put out), and perhaps my rate is so good because I am doing a targeted search.

2) I am stuck looking for jobs in one metropolitan area because my boyfriend has a job there. DC does have a lot of jobs, but I wish I could have access to all of Virginia and Maryland to find a job. My grad school has connections with many firms in one region of Virginia, but I can't move there.
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Old 11-04-2013, 05:03 PM
 
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I've only been out of work for a couple of months total in my life, but probably 2-3 a day on average. When I lost my job (twice) I went and got temp gigs pretty quickly as I didn't want gaps on the resume.
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