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Are You Applying for the Wrong Jobs?



If you feel like you’re applying for multiple roles and not having any success progressing through to the interview stage, it could be because you’re applying for the wrong roles.

It might seem like a safe approach to apply for multiple roles to give you better odds at landing one, but in reality if they aren’t the best fit for you, you’re only wasting your time and left wondering why you haven’t heard back as quickly as you would like. So how can you know for sure if you’re applying for the wrong job?

Here’s our tips for identifying where you may be going wrong.


  1. Do  you know your goals? We kicked off our 10-day job challenge with this exact point (read it here) as it’s a crucial step to laying the foundation in your search and finding a role that’s the right fit for you. Being clear on what you want will save you a lot of time by not submitting applications and sitting through interviews for roles that won’t help you achieve your goals and that you don’t really want. When you are in the mindset of ‘needing a job now’ remember to check in with your goals to remind yourself that any job isn’t what you’re after – you want the right one.
  2. Are you meeting the minimum requirements in experience and expertise? These are provided to show a certain level of experience required to complete the job given the structure of the workplace, their capacity to provide on the job training and the team you’ll be working with, so are often a tell-tale sign if it’s the right job for you or not. On occasion, exceptions may be made, so it’s always worthwhile picking up the phone and calling the recruiter/employer for further information and using your cover letter and to illustrate why you should be considered for the role if you can demonstrate how you can be of benefit to the organisation. You can read more tips on this topic here.
  3. Is it meeting your expectations? If you have certain requirements in salary, flexibility, career progression or size of the company you’d like to work for, don’t compromise. Pick up the phone and ask if the job ad doesn’t answer these questions for you.
  4. Does it excite you? If the responsibilities of the role or the company doesn’t excite you, then don’t apply. It’s bound to be the job that you do hear back on, and then you’ll be in a position where you need to say no to an offer. You need to genuinely want what they are offering and know that it’s a good fit for you. Again, if you can’t get this information from the job ad, pick up the phone and ask the pressing questions.


Having a defined strategy to your job search will help you avoid wasting time applying for the wrong roles, enabling you more time to craft exceptional custom applications for the roles that are right for you, and ultimately increase your chances of success.

In the market for a new role? Check out our jobs board here, or for more job search tips, take our 10-day job search challenge here and subscribe to our newsletter here for regular job alerts and updates. You can also follow us on LinkedIn.


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