Recently, I was browsing a tech forum when I came across this comment from a struggling job hunter: “I’ve sent dozens of applications and still haven’t gotten any interviews.”

Job hunting and securing that desired interview are always difficult; it becomes even more so during the turbulent period of COVID-19.I know the feeling: You send out dozens of applications only to be met with crickets. It’s frustrating and it’s time-consuming. Thankfully, this draining routine is not the only way to land a job.

When I first moved to New York, I found myself competing with thousands of applicants and swimming in a sea of unanswered applications. When the standard job application process didn’t work, I turned to a few critical strategies to stand out.Here are four strategies that have worked extremely well in the past and secured for me more interviews than I thought possible.


It’s easy to mindlessly fill out dozens of applications. Hell, I’ve done it, too! You know how it goes: Typing in your name, job experience, and education for hours on end; the whole process would always make me want to throw my computer out the window.