When Optimism is Over, Persistence Pays Off

Anyone currently in the job market will tell you how easy it is to lose faith and keep hope alive that you will find an opportunity soon.  As someone who has straddled that fence for many weeks now, I can attest to how difficult it is to remain positive.  Those few employers actively searching have an overwhelming number of qualified candidates more than willing to jump at their opportunity – or any opportunity.  As a self-defined “realist” – I tend to analyze the facts before drawing a conclusion instead of maintaining blind optimism/pessimism – I have learned an important lesson as I continue my quest for a new opportunity: when optimism is over, persistence pays off.

James Caan once said, “Success is the result of clear goal, unshakable confidence, proper planning, enthusiastic action, and consistent persistence.”  In this most unstable time in United States economic history, persistence must be the game plan to finding opportunity and seizing it.  Optimism is great, but an unwavering drive to find that chance is what will lead you to your opportunity. It is extremely difficult to maintain the energy and drive to continue sending resumes and follow up correspondence, all while maintaining hope that you will be asked to interview.  What you must always remember is that the force that drives you to continue your quest is exactly the desire, motivation, and work ethic that your future employer will certainly be looking for in their perfect candidate.

As we continue this journey together, I encourage you to remember the words of Thomas Edison, “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”  Remain steadfast in your journey – keep your head up, shoulders back, and walk proud – for now more than ever you need to appear confident as well as qualified.  Maintain the “consistent persistence” and keep taking “another step forward.”

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