Applying for a Job? Don’t be Discouraged by the Number of Applicants!

Jan Tegze
5 min readOct 12, 2022
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If you’re job-hunting, you might be discouraged when you see the number of applicants for each listing on LinkedIn. It’s easy to feel like you’re just a drop in the bucket and that your chances of being noticed are slim to none. But don’t let those numbers fool you — they’re not an accurate reflection of reality. The number of applicants shown on LinkedIn is often inaccurate and incomplete!

You should still apply for jobs even if the number on those job postings seems too good to be true. Here’s why…

Incomplete and Inaccurate Numbers

The first thing to keep in mind is that the number of applicants shown on LinkedIn is often inaccurate. Many recruiters have reported that the number is often lower than the actual number of applicants. Any recruiter will confirm that many candidates never finish their application, and even if they do, most of them might not even be qualified for that role.

Over the years, I’ve talked to many other recruiters about the industry. Based on those discussions, I estimate that between 20 and 25% of candidates who click the “Apply” button on LinkedIn never finish their registration.

Source: LinkedIn.com

All Applicants are not Created Equally

It’s also important to keep in mind that just because someone has applied for a job doesn’t mean they’re qualified. In fact, many recruiters will tell you that they’ve received applications from people who are not even remotely qualified for the position they applied for.

As many recruiters confirmed to me, between 40 and 60% of applications that companies receive are rejected because these candidates don’t meet the requirements, which varies depending on the role and company location.

So, while it might seem like there are dozens or even hundreds of applicants competing against you, the reality is that most of them probably aren’t even qualified for the role, meaning that your chances of being noticed are actually much higher than you think!

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Jan Tegze

Author of bestseller “Full Stack Recruiter”, fullstackrecruiter.net #Recruiter, Dream Chaser, Creator of impossible, #BlackBerry fan (probably the only one).