Can You Ever Send Out Too Many Resumes?

Here at Rescue my Resumes, we spend most of our time talking about the do’s and don’ts of resume creation.  Do update your resume before applying for a new job. Don’t make your typical resume longer than a single page.  Do, in each and every case, proofread your resume before hitting that final send button on your job application.

From time to time, however, we also like to address just what you do with that stellar CV once you’ve utilized our free tools to help craft your masterpiece “hire me” pitch.  Today’s timely topic hits as the spring hiring season is heating up and as soon to be college graduates are looking to send their work and education experience out into the wilds of potential employers.  It’s only natural that you’d want to maximize your chances of landing that career-making role by applying to any and all jobs that even remotely fit your qualifications; but could this wide-reaching approach actually be hurting your potential job prospects?  Let’s dig into the pro’s and cons and answer the age0old question of whether you can ever send out too many resumes?

The Upside to Applying for Open Positions

In the world of job searching, there is certainly something to be said for leaving your options open and for exploring all of the opportunities.  One of the benefits of sending out multiple resumes to numerous potential employers is the ability to keep multiple irons in the fire and to continue to hunt for open positions while waiting to hear back regarding previous applications.

If you’re a recent graduate or looking to make a career change, applying for a number of positions can also help you focus your ultimate employment path.  The ability to interview for different companies and even in distinct industries allows you to not only gain experience with the application process but also to get a sense of the corporate culture and professional atmosphere in a number of fields.  Perhaps that mega-company you’ve always dreamed of working for has a cold interview process and poor follow up. Maybe the facilities tour you received after applying for that warehouse job sold you on a career in supply chain management. Whatever the case, there are benefits to casting a wide net in hopes of greater resume returns.

But Consider the Downsides as Well

While there are some gains to be had from sending out resumes to numerous potential employers, in many cases the downsides will outweigh any expected benefit.  For starters, if you’re applying for a position in a smaller industry or industry, there’s a good chance word is going to get around about how you’re courting numerous dance partners.  The smaller the potential pool, the greater the chance hiring managers communicate with each other on a social or professional basis. While you may view this as an efficient practice, your would-be employer may view it as a lack of commitment to their company or field and pass on inviting you in for an interview or making that job offer.

In addition to employer perception, sending out a host of resumes may also not always be in the candidate’s best interests.  Sending out dozens of resumes is a time-consuming process. Identifying companies that are hiring, filling out applications, and customizing your cover letter will see you spending hours in front of a computer screen.  In addition, the greater the number of resumes you send out, the lower the chance that you’ll have the time to customize each submission to the particular position or industry you’re applying for. In short, job-seekers may be better served to put their resources to more targeted, and potentially more effective, use.

Finding the Best of Both Worlds

If our pros and cons analysis has left you with a case of resume submission whiplash, we’ve got a solution ready to go.  As it turns out, the best approach to applying for open job listings is somewhere in the middle where quantity meets quality.

If you’ve ever heard the oft-used saying “work smarter, not harder” this is the approach we advocate when it comes to sending out too many resumes to potential employers.  Start by identifying a pool of open job listings and then carefully review each to decide which you’d be qualified for and which you would be willing to accept if offered the position.  Rank these into tiers, and tackle your preferred choices first. Be sure to spend quality time with each submission so that you’re not undercutting your own chances by rushing to get numerous applications out the door.

Whatever your approach, remember that Rescue my Resumes is here to help create free, professional, customized resumes for any and all career trajectories.  Whether utilizing our service once or numerous times, is your one-stop shop for creating job-winning CV’s that shine.


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