If you’re like most sales people, you spend a lot of time on the road, and as a result, you know a thing or two about rush hour traffic. Well, just like rush hour is sometimes unavoidable, so is the job search. Here’s a few more similarities between the two:
1. Which route? You probably know multiple routes that will get you to the same destination, but it’s not always obvious which path will get you there the quickest. It’s the same in the medical sales job search. You might apply online via a job board or a company career site; you could reach out to someone at the company through LinkedIn; or you might email a medical sales recruiter your resume. Any of these methods could potentially get you an interview, but just like during rush hour, there’s no guarantee you won’t get stuck in traffic or even have to make a u-turn and choose another route.
2. Rude and/or idiot drivers. Nothing is more infuriating than the idiot who drives along the shoulder then forces his way back in or the driver too busy texting to see that you’ve had your blinker on to get over for 5 minutes. As if you’re not tense enough already, these jerks can make the situation feel even worse. Similarly, in the job search, you’ll occasionally have to deal with an HR person who doesn’t understand the job they’re hiring for, much less why you’d be perfect for it. Or the recruiters who don’t have the courtesy to acknowledge your application or email. Try to simply keep your cool and keep inching forward.
3. “What’s the hold up ?” Whether it’s an accident or road work or a zebra crossing the highway (it happens!), knowing what’s causing the holdup, makes it a tiny bit easier to cope with. Likewise in the job search, if you knew the reason it was taking so long or why you had been discarded it would probably be easier to wait or move on. So just as you might scan the radio for traffic updates, you can try emailing HR for information or just monitoring whether or not the medical sales job post is even still active. Unlike in a traffic jam, however, you aren’t forced to wait. If it’s been more than a few weeks you can (and should) mentally move on.
4. Traffic lights never seem to be in sync. And the more there are, the worse the traffic. In the hiring process, the more people involved, the longer it’s likely to take. A 3rd party recruiter may be working with HR who is working with the hiring manger and no one’s schedules ever seem to coordinate. People go out of town, get jury duty, have sick kids, etc. etc. Inevitably, as soon as you get the okay from one person, the next person can’t meet with you for another week. Unfortunately, just like out of sync traffic lights, there’s nothing you can do about it.
5. The waiting is the hardest part. You’re stuck in your car, beginning to doubt if you’ll ever get where you’re going, and yet, sometimes all you can do is wait. Nobody likes getting stuck in traffic, and no one likes the waiting involved with the job search either. All you can do is look for ways to be proactive and move things forward but also know that sometimes, it’s out of your hands.
And speaking of traffic, we thought this infographic summed up some of the twists and turns job seekers come across on the road to a new job. Enjoy, and good luck on your journey!