Cosmopolitan (USA)

Apply for approximat­ely one billion positions.

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“Or at least 5 to 10 times the number you *think* you should try for. That momentum will hopefully give you a sense of accomplish­ment and calm, knowing you’re doing everything you can. If a listing seems interestin­g, somewhat related to your skills, or like something you wouldn’t hate doing to pay the bills, apply for it. One caveat: Don’t apply to more than two jobs at the same company. They won’t take you seriously if you’re applying for all levels in all department­s.”

— MADEL I NE BOARDMAN, 30, head of marketing at a therapy start- up

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