For most of us being patient is hard trait to master. When it comes to searching for a job, it is really difficult to wait for that moment. You have a plan to go after a job. You search for jobs online and find different positions. You apply to that one perfect position and upload that resume that you’ve poured hours upon hours into to make perfect. Then once you press the “apply” button, you hope that you will get a call or a response within a week.
Then you wait.
Now it has been over a week and no one has contacted you. They must have moved on you think. They must have hired another worker. I wasn’t good enough. Then you are back on the job search again. And you repeat this same process for almost a month and have nothing to show for that effort. What is the issue? Why is this job hunt taking so long?
High-Paying Jobs Will Have a Longer Process
Most job application processes don’t take that long if you are looking for jobs as retail and hospitality workers, but if you are looking for a high-level position, expect the search to take up to a year. The higher the position, the longer it will take for an employer to take notice of you. Plus, the due diligence done for a high-level position is pretty in-depth to ensure the right person for the job is selected.
Get Ready for Competition
Depending on how popular the job is, there will be a competition. Nowadays because of the internet, it is easy for job seekers to apply to several positions in a short period of time. The more people that apply for the job, the longer the process is for the employer. They will have to review more candidates to narrow down the talent. If your application is not solid, it will quickly be tossed aside. Go over your resume and cover letter to make sure there are no mistakes. Add new or better job references to your arsenal. Find a way to make yourself stand out and make a good impression to bring your best self to the job interview by practicing responses to common interview questions.
You Want That Perfect Job
Finding that perfect job, especially a dream job can take a long time to achieve. If you want to settle for less or an undesirable position that just “pays the bills,” then this process will be quicker. Applying for that “one” job will also make the job search longer. If you have a perfect position in mind, check and see if there are any similar positions available to diversify your job search to increase your chances of hearing back from an employer. Also make sure that you keep yourself active in your job search. Yes, it can be a long wait, but make sure to take care of yourself. Don’t get discouraged by the length of time— in fact use that time wisely.