How many job applications did you roughly put out...?

before you got the the position you are at now (and can afford to provide for you or your family comfortably)

Just curious about how many tries it took before someone hired you at a job you semi-like? I need some encouragement during covid that my choice in degree was not a waste and that something will come up if I pound the pavement hard enough.

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  • Put out about 30 or so after target fired me. Pepsi replied within 24 hours saying no otherwise I got response from 3 people

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  • When I was last in between jobs, I put out about 40 to 50 applications a day for 6 months. Basically 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 6 months. That is like 6,000 applications. I got dozens upon dozens of interviews both phone and in person the whole time. Then one panned out. But you shoud use your current job to get your next job. Don't get complacent in your job if you are actively employed.

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  • Depends on your degree. If it’s something stupid like gender studies you may never get a response.

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    • Id like to think video production isnt stupid, but Im starting to think otherwise

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  • I don't remember the exact number since this was back in 2006. I applied to Toys R Us, Pathmark, Wauldbauums, Sears, JC Penney, RadioShack, Payless, Macys, Blockbuster, Target, and a few other places. Target was the one that called me back and I've been there ever since.

    Thinking about it now, some of those places are either defunct or struggling atm. I'm kind of glad they didn't call me back. XD

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    • My target is hiring 15/hr for seasonal work

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  • Took me 3 years of sending out 2/3 job applications a month to get my first job (which I still have today cause they've been good to me).

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  • For my first job I legit sent out over 100. London is a bitch.

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  • For 90% of my working life (I'm retired) I was a contract aerospace quality engineer. My up to date CV was with the main agencies and they found me the contracts. They've even been in touch since I retired (to Thailand) to see if I could take on a contract.

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  • A couple. 5-8 maybe, within a year. I got appointed to a position within government administration due to my father's connections. I'm not saying I don't deserve it, I graduated law school with 2nd best results, what would be summa cum laude under US standards, EU grants and a plaque of recognition from the faculty dean. Yet this is how the system works. I'd not be ranked 1st among the candidates, they were planning to appoint a piece of crap who graduated with what would be Cs under US grade system, 2 years later to his course since he failed on 2 or 3 times his graduation exams. I even recall him during one of my exams, he was there too (he's a year older) this was his last time when he finally passed with lowest grade and by cheating.
    A spicy detail is he happened to have some strong connection to the local head of the particular adninistration so we had to call politicians higher up the chain, from the capital.
    Guess what? I got appointed and a month after me they opened a second position for the piece of crap and appointed him to it without a contest. The ordinance regulating appointing to government positions allows this since he was ranked second (out of more than thirty candidates) in the contest I won. You can imagine how fairly contestants were judged. By the way, before getting appointed, I went to another contest in another administration, this time without any behind-the-curtain recommendation, I passed the test without a problem since scoring there is objective - unless they opt to change your answers, but they didn't have to - that's why there's the oral phase to get rid of random candidates. As you can suppose, the questions they asked me there were much harder, and many more, until they could rule me out persuasively and have the right guy left.
    Do I like my job? No, but honestly there's no job I'd like. It's such a burden, having to get up early Mon-Fri, especially if you have sleeping problems, get out in the cold and walk for half an hour to avoid buses amid pandemics. Not to mention if I have asignment out pf city and have to drive, and I've slept like 2-3 hours the night before. I just want to have enough money to not have to work and can stay at home.

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  • I was unemployed for about 2 years before I got my first and current job. I'd say I had applied for about 60 jobs before I got it. And the job I did finally get was only a welfare-supplemented temporary job. And I'm pretty sure I only got it because it was the third job I had applied for in that same welfare programme, with the same interviewer for all three applications, and so I'm sure she just took pity on me in the end and gave me the job. Plus the contract is ending in January so I'm not looking forward to the job hunt again. Still though, I'm not in any financial trouble really since I still live with my parents (although that is a bit embarrassing) so it could be worse. Plus I'll have experience now so it should be easier to find my next job, at least when the virus is gone.

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  • During the recession it took me probably 40 applications before i got a bite. Still with the company today.

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  • was let go already a while ago at my last job, but I think it took me a solid month of sending out applications almost every day or work day until some company decided to hire me. Think it took me like 200+ applications during that month, though a lot of them seemed to take forever to even get back to me.. so by the time they even sent me a reply I probably was already in the talks with my new employer

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    • that sounds annoying. my last job got put on hold because of covid, and I was able to find part time replacement during covid, but it's not enough. I have a phone interview next week for a job that is more promising (in terms of security, but I'm not holding my breath for anything yet).

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