During job search, most candidates spend a significant amount of time vetting jobs across the same job portals as their fellow applicants (2-4 hours per day). Furthermore, most companies require a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, and Transcripts (work experience, academic qualifications, certifications, etc.). Hence, candidates substantial time customizing job applications to match prospective employers’ specific expectations (3-4 hours per day). Though this is a good practice, beyond a certain threshold, these efforts deliver marginal (low) results as measured by interviews or offers.
Moreover, when editing application documents for each job listing, errors in formatting, spelling, typesetting, etc. will, inadvertently, happen. Furthermore, poor or inadequate document designs or run-off-the-mill templates from the Internet pain a negative professional portrait among prospective employers.
Potential employers view your application as one that did not require thought and effort on your part. Consequently, they view your application as one that does not warrant their consideration and time. Your prospective employers interpret the poor quality of application documents as representative of your person – one with a lack of professionalism, judgment and standards.
Reviewing job listings and editing your application documents are important. These are, however, low-value activities that are redundant, error-prone and more importantly, do not help you land your dream job. Instead, you should be spending bulk of your time submitting applications and networking with recruiters and companies.
Maximizing your application throughput i.e., submitting professional and well-written application documents to as many companies and presenting your best profile, is more important. Complemented by professional networking, your dream job is close enough.