Applying to 50 jobs every week and waiting to be contacted by a recruiter or hiring manager is frustrating. You can take control of your job search by following up on your job applications and submitted resumes. Instead of applying to 50 jobs each week and just waiting, try applying to 15 jobs but work really hard on following up on those applications to turn them into interviews. The average job lead has 250 applicants, following up will get you noticed. If you don’t have a hiring contact, research via Google, the company website, and LinkedIn to find a contact. You may also call the company directly and ask for the hiring manager, department head, or HR contact. They may also tell you that they use a specific recruiting firm or staffing agency.