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Old 07-10-2013, 02:00 PM
 
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i don't know, i think there's a balance between that kind of intensive research and just mass-mailing resumes with no thought to the company or position. i don't know what you do for a living; i'm sure that affects the methods that work for you. but for me, an hour or so of research and tailoring my application to the position was plenty. i was looking in areas where i don't have much of a network, so networking was out for most of the positions. i can't imagine spending months on one application - there are a lot of companies/organizations where i could work.
To each his own, but my way has always worked for me. I try to get to know a company as well as possible, and more often than not they approach me asking me to work for them before I even submit a resume. I continually do this, even when not looking for a job and I am approached by someone asking me to interview about once every month as a result.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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.....math......
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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I sent out a little over 100 resumes and online applications in the course of a month. Interviewed at 5 or 6 companies, both in person and by phone. Got two offers. I was laid off March 8 and was working again on April 22. I'm still getting follow up calls and emails.

Field is IT. Phoenix. 28 years experience.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:34 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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.....math......

I should have said my goal was 5 a week but I was never ever able to meet that number. The most I had in a week was 3 I think for the entire year

January-1

Feb-1

March-1

April-0

may-0

June-0

July-2..................same week

August-0

September-1

October-1

November-1

December-job search ended
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:43 PM
 
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i don't know, i think there's a balance between that kind of intensive research and just mass-mailing resumes with no thought to the company or position. i don't know what you do for a living; i'm sure that affects the methods that work for you. but for me, an hour or so of research and tailoring my application to the position was plenty. i was looking in areas where i don't have much of a network, so networking was out for most of the positions. i can't imagine spending months on one application - there are a lot of companies/organizations where i could work.
Agreed. I could understand how a Nuclear Scientist or a Professor of Psychiatry could spend weeks/months preparing for one application. However, for the greater population, I think that it's uncommon and almost bizarre. Especially when most people probably work in very standard roles.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:45 PM
 
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Agreed. I could understand how a Nuclear Scientist or a Professor of Psychiatry could spend weeks/months preparing for one application. However, for the greater population, I think that it's uncommon and almost bizarre. Especially when most people probably work in very standard roles.
I don't spend months on the application. I spend months learning new skills that benefit a specific company as well as getting to know people in that company personally. The actual act of creating the resume/filling out an application is secondary. You get the job because of the new skills you build and because of the network you created, not because of the resume you send in.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:55 PM
 
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I should have said my goal was 5 a week but I was never ever able to meet that number. The most I had in a week was 3 I think for the entire year
So you really did only apply for eight jobs in an entire year?

Allow me to go out on a limb here and suggest that may have been why it took you so long.
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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For the kind of specialized work I do there were never that many local openings to apply for, I probably sent out 8 over 6 months and had interviews at 5 of them. The one I got started at $56k and after 4 years with 2 promotions am at about $80k.
My experience is similar. I was scouted for my last job, so no applications. For my current position I sent about 15-20 applications over an 8 month period. That resulted in about 12 phone interviews, which in turn led to 6 in person interviews, 2 offers and I declined a 7th in person interview.

I too am in a pretty obscure field and my search was national.

I did submit about 20 applications that were outside my main field. Those led to 2 initial interviews, both of which rejected me.

After a bit more than a year I have been promoted.

This just shows differences in seniority and type of field. Like Hemlock, I am paid a reasonably nice salary, but jobs are few and far between. It can be a bit discouraging to look at all the jobs out there, very few of which I am qualified for. Shifting fields significantly would result in a serious drop in salary, and I would have a difficult time even landing interviews because I would be viewed as overqualified.
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:20 PM
 
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I lost track at 100. Though many were no doubt duplicates, hard to tell. In a depression 1000 applications is common.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:49 PM
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So you really did only apply for eight jobs in an entire year?

Allow me to go out on a limb here and suggest that may have been why it took you so long.

The jobs that I was looking for in my field was not posted that often. The plan was to go out of my field in 2013 if I didn't find a job in 2012.
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