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Why Applying For Every Job Isn't In Your Best Interest

Posted 4 months ago by Eloise Dalgliesh
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Here at Pitch, we take a very consultative approach when talking to clients and candidates. Finding out the reason for a new hire or a job change is key to us providing the best service. We call ourselves consultants because we want to help direct candidates and develop you to be the best ‘you’. Whether it be a question on CV layout, interview prep or salary expectations, we can help, but what makes it harder to help is if a candidate is applying for every job under the sun. 

You decide on that Sunday afternoon when the blues kick in that you are going to look for a new role. When you decide to look at new job opportunities you could argue that the more jobs you apply for, the more chance of landing interviews. Correct? NO! If you are applying to a plethora of roles with a recruitment company it can become confusing as to what your career direction is.   

Every role and company has set criteria and they do not write job adverts and specs for fun, there are certain requirements you must match to be strongly considered, it's not just about the job title. So when you apply for roles that you believe are similar to you solely based on the job title, the experience and skill set needed might actually be massively different in each role.

Applying to a number of irrelevant roles will result in rejections and an air of “desperation” will shadow your CV. Be strategic and realistic with your enthusiasm. It’s great that you are keen and want a new job but not every open position applies to you.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when you decide to apply for that next role:

  • Why are you looking for a new role? 

  • What are your motivators? 

  • Is it a reasonable step up the ladder? 

  • Is it the salary that you are looking for? 

  • If money related, are you going to get counter offered?  Go and ask! 

  • Do you match the key requirements? 

  • Do you have the relevant skill set and level of experience? 

 

When you make that decision to apply for a role, read the whole advert, ensure you are applying for roles that really are relevant to your skill set and it is a sensible next step to where you are in your current career development. Once happy with this, make sure your CV is up to date, highlights your skills that match the job description and send it over.

Be considered with your job search as much as you would be when you get that interview! Step back, think about what you are looking for then attack relevant job applications with a clear mind and concise information. It is a better use of your time to work on 3 really great applications rather than just sending a sloppy CV to 10+ roles based on a job title you think you can do.

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2017: A Year at Pitch

What a great year it has been at Pitch. As we sail towards office closures and start preparing to welcome in 2018, we decided to look back at every...

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdgvmtuvmtavmdcvmjqvodc0l21hdhquanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Matt Cooper

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12 Days of Career Detox

As we enter the new year many lofty resolutions will be made: drink less, eat better, exercise more. If you’re one of the many people who isn’t sat...

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Introducing Becky

Originally coming from a marketing background myself I’ve always had a huge interest in brands, businesses and the people behind them - I find it f...

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Pitch’s Battle of the Christmas Adverts

Each year as the nights get colder and mince pies start to appear on shop shelves, the excitement surrounding the arrival of major Christmas advert...

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdgvmtuvmtavmdcvmjqvodc0l21hdhquanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Matt Cooper

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Interview Etiquette for the Interviewer

There's a lot you can read about interviews and how to excel at them, but most of this advice is aimed at candidates rather than interviewers. In t...

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdgvmtuvmtavmdcvmjqvodc0l21hdhquanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Matt Cooper

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PR Talks | Video Series

We have a brand new video series on our YouTube channel dedicated to PR. The series, PR Talks, includes a review of recent PR event, the North West...

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdgvmtuvmtavmdcvmjqvodc0l21hdhquanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Matt Cooper

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Pitch Is All About Midlands PRide

It’s that time of year again, no not Halloween though if you send us sweets we won’t complain, it’s time to celebrate the best of the Midlands PR t...

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdgvmtuvmtavmdcvmjqvodc0l21hdhquanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Matt Cooper

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5 Tips to Achieve Job Satisfaction

According to the dictionary ‘job satisfaction’ means, “the extent to which a person’s hopes, desires and expectations about the employment he or sh...

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HR & Culture Advice From Netflix’s Most Famous Ex-Employee

This article originally appeared in a LinkedIn Premium Tech Report and offers a fascinating insight in to the latest HR and culture thinking coming...

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A Decade of (career) Change in Marketing Services Recruitment

Pitch is ten years old this summer so I have dug back into our records (and invoices) and ran my ruler over the changes that have taken place over ...

Rebecca Thomas Posted by Rebecca Thomas

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W1siziisijiwmtcvmduvmzavmtivmtqvmdivnzg3l1bjvenimjkxoduuanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilciznzb4mjc0iyjdxq Posted over 1 year ago
Reflecting back on 10 Years of Pitch

A whole decade in business sounds a long time but it doesn’t seem that long ago since it was just two of us in a spare room. And what a fun time th...

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Pitch MD Rob Markwell wins HR & Recruitment Award at Birmingham Young Professional of the Year

We're delighted to announce that Rob Markwell, Managing Director here at Pitch, has won the HR, Recruitment and Training category at the Birmingham...

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdgvmtuvmtavmdcvmjqvodc0l21hdhquanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Matt Cooper

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Prolific North Awards 2017

Last week, on an unusually warm Thursday evening in Manchester, the fifth Prolific North Awards took place. It’s always the most hotly anticipated ...

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdgvmtuvmtavmdcvmjqvodc0l21hdhquanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Matt Cooper

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Prolific North Awards 2017: Why They Matter

There is only one week until the Prolific North Awards 2017 and at Pitch, we could not be more excited. This year will mark the 5th time the awards...

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Marathon Man

Congratulations to Pitch MD Rob who not only managed to finish the London Marathon but did so in an incredibly respectable time of 3hrs25mins, rais...

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdgvmtuvmtavmdcvmjqvodc0l21hdhquanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Matt Cooper

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Pitch Consultants Salary Survey 2017

Every year we publish research into how marketers and creatives are remunerated across all skill sets both in agencies and in-house marketing teams...

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B-Hive 2017: Rewarding Future Talent

1 brief, 4 categories, 26 judges and 40 finalists: B-Hive 2017 was buzzing with activity. If you’ve not come across the scheme before, we set it up...

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New Home for Pitch North

This new financial year marks an exciting time at Pitch as we hit some major milestones. This month Pitch celebrates ten years as a specialist mark...

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdgvmtuvmtavmdcvmjqvodc0l21hdhquanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Matt Cooper

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My journey: deconstructing a career in recruitment.

Six years ago I joined small recruitment business with huge ambitions. That ambition proved infectious and six years later I now sit here a Directo...

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CIPR Awards North West - it's a wrap!

Pitch have been a long term partner of the CIPR Midlands and were delighted extend our relationship to the North West by sponsoring the PRide Award...

Rebecca Thomas Posted by Rebecca Thomas

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Pitch's 12 Days of Wisdom

Christmas and New Year is a wonderful time. It's also a time when many people start thinking about new opportunities and new challenges. We've writ...

Ollie Purdom Posted by Ollie Purdom

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How to Write a Killer CV

Whether you are a junior or a senior candidate when it comes to writing a CV there is a rough guide you should stick to. When you sit down to write...

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6 Tips for Creating/Updating a Creative CV

This may sound obvious, but it is essential that your contact information is displayed clearly on your CV. If your skills are shining through on yo...

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdgvmtuvmtavmdcvmjqvodc0l21hdhquanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Matt Cooper

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Pitch's 12 Days of Wisdom

Christmas and New Year is a wonderful time. It's also a time when many people start thinking about new opportunities and new challenges. We've writ...

Ollie Purdom Posted by Ollie Purdom

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What to Include in a Freelance CV…

Your freelance CV is quite possibly one of the trickiest things to write. A document where the entire contents is 100% based on you can often be a ...

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Top 10 things NOT to include on your CV

Are you giving yourself a fair chance when it comes to job hunting? We see all kinds of faux pas on CVs/portfolios from the relatively minor typos,...

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