Step number three is about being selective in where you apply to.
I see a lot of job seekers today doing what we call spraying and praying, and that’s applying to absolutely everything, hoping that something sticks. This does not work, it is a complete waste of your time.
A very good tactic here is to take a look at all the skill sets they’ve listed, and ask yourself, do I have examples from my professional path where I can prove that I have that skill set. If you can’t say that, then you aren’t going to be able to apply online because you’re just going to be automatically tossed from the system.
Companies today have now put these systems in place because they sometimes get thousands of resumes for just one job. There is no physical way a hiring manager or recruiter could go through every single application. So they have to have a system for weeding it out.
These application tracking systems will go through and remove anybody that doesn’t have the exact skill sets they’re looking for. That’s why it’s so important that each and every time you apply, you know you are almost a perfect match for the job.