2019 Early Retirement Journey

Journey of 20 Job Applications: Jul 9 Update (Discouraged)

As I posted a few days ago, I recently applied to 20 jobs and am hoping to find out something this week as last week was the holiday and some companies have summer shutdowns during Fourth of July. I was hoping to take you along this journey with this handy chart. We are in the era of the overshare after all! My hope is the company (that’s you guys) might help ease some of the anxious feelings and curb some of the overzealousness.

My mental timeline is 3 days. Three days (or up to a week) after applying, I should hear something or the silence is taken as tacit rejection. Within 3 days of a recruiter phone screen, I expect to hear from a hiring manager. Within three days of speaking with the hiring manager, I expect an offer of an on site interview. And within three days of that, I expect an offer. For the most part, this is how it’s worked out for me and a few of my fellow job seekers. The week is extended to larger companies who have to deal with quite a bit more process.

So in my mental countdown, July 9 was two business days from my last application cycle.  Being the Anxious Andy that I am, I went ahead and logged on to EVERY SINGLE applicant portal I could access. I figured there would be some movement if they were planning to call or email on Day 3.

Here’s what happened…

No. Date Applied Company Position Current Status When I Last Checked
1 6/23/19 DSI Manager, Widgets No applicant portal 6/29/19
2 6/24/19 REG Sr. Manager, Widgets Applied -24Jun2019 7/9/19
3 6/24/19 TAK Manager, Widgets Sumibtted 7/9/19
4 6/24/19 NOV Sr. Manager, Widgets Screening Phase -28Jun2019 7/9/19
5 6/24/19 AZA Sr. Manager, Widgets In Progress 7/9/19
6 6/24/19 RAK Sr. Manager, Widgets No applicant portal 6/29/19
7 6/29/19 UCB Lead, Widgets Under Review – Status date: 06/29/19 7/9/19
8 6/29/19 COV Project Manager, Widget Safety Received Submission 7/9/19
9 6/29/19 CON Specialist, Widget Safety Completed-Updated: Jun 29, 2019 7/9/19
10 6/29/19 IQV Associate Manager, Widget Safety Active 7/9/19
11 6/29/19 IQV Sr. Specialist, Widget Safety Active 7/9/19
12 6/29/19 TRI Manager, Widgets No applicant portal 6/29/19
13 7/3/19 NOV Manager, Widgets Screening Phase -03Jul2019 7/9/19
14 7/4/19 AVE Sr. Manager, Widgets no status – Last update 7/5/19 7/9/19
15 7/4/19 AZA Scientist, Widget Compliance In Progress 7/9/19
16 7/4/19 FDC Analyst, Widgets Completed-Updated: Jul 4, 2019 7/9/19
17 7/3/19 SYN Specialist, Widget Safety Completed-UpdatedJul5,2019 7/9/19
18 7/3/19 VTX Sr. Manager, Widgets Couldn’t access 7/9/19
19 7/3/19 PAC Sr. Manager, Widgets In progress 7/8/19
20 7/5/19 JZZ Specialist, Widget Safety NOT SELECTED 7/8/19

As you can see, no changes in 18 applications. One positive response and one negative response. I, of course, chose to focus on the one negative response (because really the 18 no-responses all rounded down in my mind). After logging off, I emotionally ate three chocolate chip cookies; felt discouraged; turned on the TV and wallowed. Stay tuned!

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  1. Buckeyecub says:

    It has been my experience that companies move slow on the process. The larger then company the longer it takes.

  2. Lynn says:

    Having been a HR manager, I think your time line is a little optimistic. A few things to consider ..
    We’re just getting past a major holiday week and many may well still be on vacation. Companies have hiring seasons too So unless you have a highly specialized skill that is needed for an upcoming project chances are the job hunt will take a bit of time. Don’t get discouraged. Target companies you really are interested in, follow up with them. Are you a member of any professional organizations ? Are you net working with anybody & everybody you can ? Looking for a new/better position is a job all by it’s self .It takes time to find the right position for where you are at and where you want to go. Don’t just accept a position because it’s offered. Good Luck !

    1. Some good tips, Lynn. Thanks for the insight. Yes, I can be a bit impatient. It’s been my cross to bear for awhile.

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