Opportunities don’t just come along. They must be cultivated, developed, and attracted. It takes time and commitment to find the right fit for any situation.

It’s an inherent flaw in the employment process. Too many individuals wait until they are in a desperation mode before establishing contact with prospective employers.

Individuals who remove themselves from the employment market because they are comfortable or content, limit themselves to future opportunities. Instead of cultivating relationships, they resort to varying levels of begging when they find themselves in unplanned situations.

Companies often work in triage mode. Decisions are contingent upon so many other factors that interviewing and hiring becomes a start and stop process. It’s nobody’s fault. It’s a result of too many projects, priorities, and overall business strategy pushing and pulling simultaneously. Add to the mix a change in philosophy or new leaders entering the picture, and time passes at a Rip Van Winkle rate.

Companies make business decisions. People make personal decisions. Every bit of the decision-making process takes time. Therein lies the frustration. There is no better example of this than the employment process.

People seek new opportunities to improve their status. Improvement can be justified with more responsibility, more compensation, better benefits, or even a better work environment. For whatever reason, a job search is often a long, drawn out process further complicated by familial responsibilities. People must think about paying bills, buying groceries, caring for loved ones, or whatever else occupies them, all while preparing for an employment process. The emotional component of a job search is rarely discussed, nor is its impact measured beyond its effect on the individual.

At the same time, companies too, are trying to improve their status. They are driven by business motives. As such, decisions are made based upon other priorities, namely increasing productivity or efficiency, or plain old making money. If a company can hire a qualified individual for less compensation, they will do it in a heartbeat. The money saved on the salary can be allocated elsewhere. If they can find a way to redistribute responsibilities, rather than add a new person, they will do that too. Remember, it’s not personal. It’s about making money. You can’t blame a business for being a business, and doing what it set out to do.

As an individual, you must overcome the minor setbacks and limited control. You can’t allow frustration to divert you from finding your motivation. Let us help map out a strategy to take you from frustrated to motivated. Start today.

David Rose is Vice President of Recruiting with YELLOW DOG Recruiting. Follow David on Twitter @YELLOWDOG_01.