We live in an instant gratification culture. Patience is one of the most undervalued and underutilized virtues in a job search. Neglect patience and your career will suffer. In a recent article, Cheryl Hyatt discusses the ways patience is essential to achieving your career goals. She explains that patience sets appropriate expectations:

“Well-meaning and gainfully employed friends and colleagues regularly assure job seekers, ‘You’ll find a job — it will happen just when you least expect it.’ This is the romantic-comedy approach to obtaining a new position. It banks on serendipity and circumstances rather than investing the requisite work. Patience allows you to be clear-eyed about how long a job search usually takes and plan accordingly. Patience does not feel rushed. While acknowledging a six-month search can feel overwhelming at the beginning, accurate expectations will decrease your stress over the long term.”

Take the next step toward a more patient and strategic career approach by reading her entire piece here.