How Many Resumes Does it Take to Get Hired?

May 25, 2011 //

    Three?  Eight?  Fifty-eight?  Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question.  As the Director of the Center for Student Professional Development, I often hear students ask how many resumes/applications they have to send out to find a job or internship.  My usual reply is, “It depends.”  It depends on your qualifications, your experience, and the types of positions for which you are applying.  It also depends on how many other individuals are applying for this same job/internship.

    The important thing to keep in mind is that patience, persistence and perseverance are needed in the job search.  There have been cases where one resume/application resulted in securing an interview and getting the job offer BUT this is extremely unusual.  Most serious job seekers should expect to submit at least 10+ or 20+ resumes before getting a single callback….AND even if you are selected for an interview, there is no guarantee you will be hired.

    Do yourself a service….adopt a positive “I will do-what-it-takes” attitude.  Stop whining that you “applied to 3 jobs and have not heard anything” or complaining that you “had one interview that did not go well so now you are discouraged.”  No one is going to hand you a job so take ownership of your job search, be proactive, and make sure you are also doing your research.  You want to make sure you are targeting companies/jobs that are a good match for your skills and education level!

    Good luck in your career search!!!!