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  • Writer's pictureCheyene Marling

Overwhelmed by High Numbers of Applicants on LinkedIn? Think Again!

Scrolling through LinkedIn job postings can be a daunting experience. The sight of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of applicants for a single position can make you second-guess your chances and discourage you from applying for your dream job. However, the truth behind these figures might surprise you and should not deter you from pursuing the opportunities you desire.


The Reality of Applicant Numbers

Misleading Metrics

First, it's important to understand that the numbers you see on LinkedIn can be misleading. The applicant count includes everyone who has clicked the "Easy Apply" button. Many of these individuals might not have fully completed their application, may not meet the job's requirements, or might have applied to numerous positions indiscriminately. The actual competition could be far less intense than it appears at first glance.


Quantity vs. Quality

Many applicants often fail to tailor their resumes and cover letters to the specific job, reducing their chances of standing out. Quality, not quantity, is what ultimately matters. By taking the time to craft a tailored application that highlights your relevant skills and experiences, you significantly increase your chances of catching the recruiter's eye, regardless of how many people have applied.


Strategic Application

Highlight Your Unique Value

Focus on what makes you unique. Highlight experiences and skills that differentiate you from other candidates. Use the job description to guide you—match your qualifications to the key requirements and responsibilities listed. Personalized applications show your genuine interest in the position and your understanding of the role.


Networking and Referrals

Leverage your LinkedIn network. A recommendation or referral from someone within the company can significantly boost your application. Connect with current employees, join relevant groups, and participate in discussions. Building relationships can provide insights into the company culture and hiring process, giving you an edge over other applicants.


Mindset Shift

Growth Mindset

Adopt a growth mindset. Rejections are a part of the job search process, but each application is an opportunity to learn and improve. Seek feedback where possible and use it to refine your approach. Persistence and continuous improvement are key to overcoming the intimidating numbers game.


Focus on Fit

Remember that the goal is not just to get a job, but to find the right job for you. A high number of applicants can indicate that the position is desirable, but it also means that the company is likely investing in finding the right fit. Trust in your abilities and focus on presenting your best self rather than fixating on the competition.


High applicant numbers on LinkedIn can be overwhelming, but they shouldn't scare you away from applying for your dream job. Understand the true nature of these figures, emphasize the quality of your application, and leverage your network. Maintain a growth mindset and focus on finding the right fit for both you and the employer. Your dream job is within reach—don't let the numbers hold you back.


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