3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Applying

You know the drill. You’ve found a posting that you feel you’re qualified for, so you apply. You spiff up your resume, write a cover letter that is specific to this job, and submit all of the required documentation (sometimes more than they need to make an initial determination–but you digress and do it anyway). Click submit. Receive an automated email saying, “Thank you for your interest in our company. We will review your submission and get in touch with you if you fit our needs.”

TICK, TOCK. TICK, TOCK. Days pass. Weeks pass. Months pass. NOTHING! Multiply that by the hundreds of applications you have filed. How frustrating is that?! I wish I had a really cut and dry answer to “Should I even bother applying?” I have an answer, but it’s just not that simple.

Let’s take a look at 3 Questions I believe you should ask yourself before deciding to invest in a company’s application process.

1. Is the job in your immediate field?
Are you doing this very thing as we speak or at least did and have been laid off or lost your job because of a business closing. If Yes, APPLY. If No, consider the work invested in applying vs. the chances of selection and determine if it’s worth the time it consumes to apply (apply this No option to all the questions here).

2. Is the job within a reasonable commuting distance?
I haven’t worked in HR directly, but it seems logical that companies would want to hire those who are closest to them. There are just fewer issues that way. No need to even discuss relocation, differences in cost of living that require more negotiation on salary than they would typically have to provide, start dates that may change due to logistics–you get the idea.If Yes to 1 + 2, then APPLY. If Yes to 1, but not 2, APPLY if the job posting encourages potential relocation candidates.

3. Do you meet ALL of the requirements?
There was a time when you could apply for jobs with only 85% of the requirements and still be considered, but unless you are a national superstar in your field, chances are your having less than 100% of the required skills will eliminate you from consideration. You have to keep in mind that the employment pool is full of people with advanced degrees and specific experience. Do you really want to spend time applying for positions that you have to convince someone you would be a good fit for when the odds are stacked against you? Stick with those that you can say yes to. If Yes to 1+2+3, absolutely apply. If No, save it for the jobs that you do meet the requirements for.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to give your resume the attention that it needs before applying. Many will lose the opportunity to be considered simply because the resume doesn’t show you are the industry ready, local, candidate with 100% of the requirements. It truly is worth your investment to hire someone to write your resume together with you. Think about it, what is $250 compared to tens (in some cases hundreds) of thousands of $$ anyway.

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About Margie - Blog Owner

Full-time Homemaker, Cakebaker, and Phototaker. I love my life! Blessed with the birth of a son, my only child, at 40 years old, my life took a MAJOR change. In exchange for the life I had chosen for myself, God gave me a love and instant ability for baking and confections. How can I argue with that?

Posted on March 22, 2012, in Employment, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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