In job search, the old advice was to apply for everything. If you played the numbers game, at least one of your many job applications might get you an interview. Today, the shotgun approach to job applications doesn’t work. You’re far better off to send 10 targeted job applications than 100 generic ones. So, how do you know if you should apply? The first step is to know what you want to do. That will help refine your search. The match doesn’t have to be perfect, and it probably shouldn’t be. The best opportunities allow you to contribute your current expertise and also learn something new.