How many jobs should I apply for?

job search Mar 31, 2022
How many jobs should I apply for

The job search process can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming.

With a million and one things you can be doing to get hired, knowing how to set and stick to goals can help you better structure your job hunt.

When it comes to deciding how many jobs to apply to, you want to set a goal that's attainable, but also a bit challenging.

So, how many jobs should you apply for?

In this article, we'll share some knowledge and tips on how to decide the best number for you.


How many jobs should I apply for?

Most industry experts suggest that submitting two to three job applications per day, or 10-15 per week, to optimize your chances of getting hired. Fewer may make your job search take longer and More may cause you to burn out.

Choose a couple of hours a day, depending on your schedule and commitments, to focus on job applications.

Depending on your other commitments, you may have more or less time in a day to dedicate to job applications so set your application goal accordingly.

Modify your resume and cover letter to fit each position and ensure you're submitting quality applications and following up with hiring manager's


How many applications does it take to get a job?

According to Zippia, it takes 21 to 80 job applications to get one job offer, on average.

Their data also indicates that more applications leads to a greater chance of getting hired.


Benefits of applying to many jobs

Submitting several applications can have benefits such as:

Increase your odds of getting an interview

Applying to jobs can sometimes be viewed as a numbers game. The more jobs you apply for, the more chances you have to get an interview. The more interviews you get, the more chances you have to get a job offer.

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take, right? So, there is a clear benefit of taking lots of shots!

Avoid missing out on job openings

Sometimes job openings only accept applicants for a short period of time. By submitting more applications more frequently, you'll be able to find more job openings and avoid missing a job opportunity with a short application deadline. 

Get practice and get better

The more jobs you apply for, the more practice you get refining your job application profess. Everything from identifying the right jobs, customizing your resume/cover letter, and filling out the application.

With each job you apply for, your process should become faster and more efficient, and the quality of your resume, cover letter and interviewing skills will likely also improve.


Aquire valuable Industry knowledge

By consistently reading job listings and submitting applications, you're also learning more about the industry's terminology, job requirements, and qualities of ideal candidates.

You'll likely start to see similarities between job postings and can use this knowledge to refine your resume, cover letter, and interview skills. 



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