Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
My first question to you is: How many jobs a day are you applying for? Most people are surprised to learn that they should be applying for 30 jobs a day in this economy. That second question that I would ask is: What kinds of jobs are you applying for? Make sure that you are applying for jobs that you are truly qualified for. I find that many people only apply for a few jobs a day and they only apply to their dream jobs at their dream companies. I always suggest broadening your scope and think about jobs that you may not have thought of for yourself before. For example, let’s say that your dream job is to be in corporate manager, but you are not getting any interviews for these positions. I would suggest applying for retail management. You will gain many desirable traits (people management, sales, marketing, industry knowledge, accounting, supply chain management, customer service, etc...) in this position that you can take to another position.
I also like to break it down like this: tier one job’s and tier two jobs. Your tier one jobs are the ones that you are most attracted to. These are the jobs that you will spend the most time on, making a customized cover letters, being very careful to fill out long applications just right, and the ones that you will follow-up on. Your tier two jobs are the ones that you spend less time on that you can fast apply to. Try these approaches and I bet you will start getting some interviews and offers! I wish you all the best in your search!