When someone posts an ad on a job site, Craigslist or even FWJ, they usually receive many responses. People who place ads here have commented many times about how quickly they start getting responses and are very impressed at the caliber of applicants they are getting.
If think about the fact that there may be at least 100 responses to an ad (and there may be two or three times that many), you may be intimidated by that. Some people may choose not to apply for something that they may be well suited for because of it.
Don’t make that mistake. There may be a lot of responses to an ad, but that doesn’t mean that everyone who responds is a good fit for the opportunity. Once the client weeds through all the responses were the applicant lacks the right background or experience, those who didn’t follow instructions properly, and those who don’t write well, there may be 10 or 12 who are serious contenders.
Would you apply for something if you knew you were up against 10 other applicants to get it? I would present myself in the best possible way and give it a shot. If I got the gig, then that would be great and if not, maybe next time I will get the nod.
If you see something posted that you think you would be a good fit for (even if it is a bit of a stretch), read the ad carefully and apply anyway. If you don’t throw your hat into the ring, you have no chance of getting hired….no matter how many applicants there are.