Dear Job Seeker:
I get it - you're graduating from school, and you have no idea what you want to do with your life. Your Resume has an Objective Statement that reads like some vague description of the future of humanity: "a significant position where my skills and abilities can be utilized for the benefit of the company." Fantastic. You, and everyone else.
Here's the thing: I'm a Corporate Recruiter for IT at a dot-com company, and it drives me batty to see candidates who apply for all 20 of our openings on the Technology side: everything from Jr. Project Manager to Senior Linux Admin.If you have technical skills, they are very likely a specialized set: a tool-kit, as it were. You could, potentially, have the skills for a QA Engineer, and a developer, and a Jr. Project Manager all at once, but it's pretty darn unlikely. What's more: you probably have a preference for one of the roles, and if you mis-apply to one position and get hired, you will be miserable, find a new job, and I will be right back where I started, looking for your replacement.
So here's what I want to know: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?
What makes you happy? What do you love about your daily work? Do you want to break systems (QA), or build them (Developer)? Do you love leading teams (PM) or designing elegant solutions to technology challenges (Systems Engineer)?
If you insist on applying to every job we have open, I'm going to assume you are a listless wanderer through the bazaar of life: unsure of your direction, unaware of your own skills, and insecure in your own abilities. In short: exactly the OPPOSITE of the person I want to present to my organization.
So - figure it out. Reflect on your joys/passions/ecstatic visions of professional euphoria, and connect them to the jobs you're applying to. Make my job easier, by telling me what you want. Quoth Jerry Maguire, "help me help you."
I think we'll all be happier in the long run; and the world needs happier people.