This will become obvious to you if it hasn’t already, but: job hunting is not always fast, and not always fun. It’s important to remain motivated, to keep making connections and sending out those resumes. Above all, be patient, be persistent, and don’t give up hope! Malcolm A., an Online Marketing Analyst, estimates that during his job search, he sent out 30 resumes for each response he received. Mackenzie R., a recent college grad and Marketing Intern, said she was surprised by how long it took to find the job she wanted: “I had professors who told me it would take 6 months to find a job in my field, and I’d laugh at them. Then when 6 months hit, I was like, “oh my god, they’re right!” Christy Eichelberger of Getting Hired rec-ommends being selective in the positions you apply for—but not too picky. She notes that scaling back your ambitions a bit can be a great way to expand your op-tions and eliminate some frustration. For example, a candidate hoping to work for a Big 4 accounting firm might try to get a job at a smaller firm first, then try to move up once they get the right experience. Another part of not getting discouraged during the job search is using your time well. This means keeping busy, whether by volunteering, networking, or working on your LinkedIn page or website. Malcolm recom-mends considering doing “free work” for a company during your search—building a “badass portfolio” in the process. Whatever your approach, it’s super important to feel like you’re always moving forward.