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Old 12-11-2013, 04:37 AM
 
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Note: I accidentally hit the touchpad, while typing the thread title. Forum does not allow editing of thread titles.

I sent out 4 targeted resumes every month.

9 companies
15 resumes - I applied to 2-4 positions at some companies.
4 call backs for initial HR phone screens.
3 hiring manager interviews

I used Linkedin, Careerbuilder, and Indeed. I accepted only 2 of the hiring manager interviews. Since there was a pending job offer from the 2nd interview, I ignored the 3rd request.

It seems that customizing my resume for each job helped greatly. If I used different terminology for the same job tasks, I changed my resume to use their wording. I wanted to get past their resume screening software.

I considered doing a resume blast to over 100 job posts. Resume blasts don't require customization and can be fast. It seemed to be ineffective for other forum members, so I decided against it in the end.

Edit 7:43 am -- The interview went very well. I got a job offer from a Fortune 500 employer. They offered me a HIGHER level position, than the one I applied for. Awesome!

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Old 12-11-2013, 05:28 AM
 
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Yes, a resume should always be customized or tweaked for the job you are applying for. Good luck.
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Old 12-11-2013, 05:51 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Congratulations! Glad that worked for you. As a hiring manager I have often discarded resumes of people that have not tailored their resume to the position,
and there is little or nothing that addresses the requirements. Have even seen them with a goal of a position we don't offer.
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:13 PM
 
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Congrats. I don't advocate blind resume blasts. However, I do advise people to play the numbers as much as possible. Decide on a number of resumes to send each day and stick to that number. Of course each should be customized for each job positing. If someone is unemployed, they have more than enough time in the day to do that.
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Old 12-11-2013, 02:50 PM
 
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did you interview out of state or were all these opportunities in state?
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Old 12-11-2013, 08:59 PM
 
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My approach has been somewhere between the shotgun approach and the targeted approach OP describes. I've done over 50 applications like this, for each one, I modified my resume/cover letter to better suit the job description. Hasn't worked very well, so far only 5 calls, 2 interviews, and 1 iffy offer. Oh well....
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:29 PM
 
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Additional notes:

I only applied to positions within a 20 mile commute.

I have no college degree, so I was nervous about the job. Threads about employers searching for hyper educated college graduates was disheartening. Even though I don't have a degree, I had interest for 2nd interviews. They offered a decent salary in the mid 80's. I have only 5 years experience.
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