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What's a good job application strategy? Send out applications one at a time and wait? Or send a bunch until I find something?

It can be wise to send out many applications at once, and it can be wise to focus more attention on a specific job or application. Just like the sayings in the book of Proverbs, the wise way to do something depends a lot on the situation. 

As part of your application process, it’s wise to speak to people already doing that job or in the organization to which you’re applying. Can they give you advice about what people are looking for? Do they believe you are truly qualified for the job and, if not, can they suggest things you can do to become more qualified? Can they connect you to people or companies that might be a good fit for you and help you with networking and making a good impression? While you do not wish to take advantage of others or act in a way that is contrary to your faith, most people are delighted to connect with others who share similar passions and interests. Furthermore, being the body of Christ means doing what we can to help all members of the body use their gifts to love our neighbors and benefit society.

When applying for jobs, it is wise to focus your energy on applying only for jobs that you believe would be better for you than what you already have. If you don’t currently have a job, then it might feel like any job is better than nothing. Even so, taking the time to research the job and searching for positions in companies or institutions that would be a better fit is a wiser way to spend your time than submitting many applications, especially if the applications are poorly written and not likely to be noticed.  

Last of all, do not forget that applying for jobs takes a lot of time and energy. It is normal to feel discouraged during the process. It helps to have people who can encourage you, pray for you, and even help you search. And hopefully, these same people can celebrate with you each time you are asked for a job interview and when you finally land a job.


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