You’re sitting there sending out your resume and you start wondering how many applications it takes to get a job. What’s a good application to interview ratio? It’s very hard to give you an exact number as it depends on your job search strategy, industry and experience. There is, however, a general benchmark which we’ll discuss along with some tips to improve your application to interview ratio.
It really depends on your job search strategy, industry and your experience level but if you’re getting less than 1 interview per 10 applications – your resume or job search strategy probably needs some improvement.
Anywhere from 10-20% is considered average and 20% – 30% is a good application to interview ratio. Remember that the numbers can be very different depending on your industry and experience level.
So how many resumes do you need to send out before getting a job?
It will probably be an average of a few dozen applications before landing a job. We wrote a good post here on how many resumes you should be sending out per day/week.
There are certain things you can do to really improve your application to interview ratio:
Most companies today use what’s called an ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) to automatically screen resumes. Around 75% of resumes are automatically rejected by these systems.
ATS resume scanning software is designed to scan a resume for work experience, skills, education and other relevant information. If it feels the resume is a good match for the position, it gets sent forward to the hiring manager. Those which don’t meet the qualifications are rejected and the resume is never seen by a human.
Sending out the same resume to every position is a common mistake job seekers make. You need to be tailoring your resume to each position you apply to. That doesn’t mean you need to rewrite your resume for each position you apply to but you should be making minor tweaks and edits to better align your resume with the job description. This can include changing your summary and keywords to better fit the job description.
You will really see an improvement in your job application response rate when you start tailoring your resume.
We wrote a good post here on how to tailor your resume.
85% of jobs are filled through some sort of referral according to LinkedIn. Get active on LinkedIn and reach out to your network to see if anyone can refer you for a position in their company, or someone they know who may be worth reaching out to.
Are you following up after submitting your resume? You may be missing out if you’re not following up on each position you apply to.
We wrote a good post here on when and how to follow up after submitting a resume.
Remember that your resume should contain information that’s relevant to the position you’re applying for. Many job seekers make the mistake of including “fluff” and other irrelevant information which usually results in rejection.
The purpose of a resume is to show the hiring manager that you have the experience and skills to get the job done. Limit irrelevant information on your resume and stick to the experience and skills that show you’re the perfect candidate for the job.
Good luck with your job search!