If you feel like your job search is not getting anywhere, you’re not alone. We live in a society of instant gratification, and not receiving an email from your prospective employer can test your ability to wait.
Here’s how to manage your expectations to keep from getting frustrated when looking for a job:
1. Document your job search activities.
Keep track of all the companies you’ve applied to, including important details such as phone and office interviews and when to follow up.
You can focus on other activities while waiting for calls. Be productive. Keep looking for new opportunities and connectionsto keep moving forward. (And don’t forget about your life outside of work.)
2. Be realistic in your timeframes.
Accept that it takes time and knowledge to get your resume into the hands of an actual employee. Did you pass the online screening test? Is HR taking notes about you? Are you on the list of potential candidates?
Know that there are some things that are out of your control. Hiring managers are always busy, and they likely don’t have much time to screen piles of resumes on their desks. Expecting immediate feedback is unrealistic.
3. Be patient.
Landing a job takes time and effort. Don’t just send in your resume to random companies and assume you’ll get an interview. Remember that things worth having don’t happen overnight.
If you want to find a better career opportunity, it’s best to plan out your steps, down to the last details. Find out more about the company, research their work culture and talk to people in the same field—they may be able to help you get a referral from the inside.
When you’ve learned how to wait for that perfect opportunity, you’ll thank yourself.