Persistence has to be up there.
I’ve seen it first hand and experienced it.
But to make the example more recent and relatable, I’ll tell you about my partner’s job search over the past four months. From being made redundant due to Covid-19, to 48 applications later and a job at a leading tech company, persistence was always the key factor.
Of course, persistence has to come with action. Each day, she woke up whenever she wanted to, but she made sure she applied for 2 roles a day on average, some days 3, some days 1 and others 0 when there simply wasn’t enough new jobs to apply for.
Amongst all of this was Netflix, puppy time, good food, exercise and habits to keep up her spirits. There were moments of doubt, disappointment and malaise, but again, what was the running theme?
She got back up and applied again.
While I am incredibly proud of her, that’s what stood out to me the most.
After celebrating her first interview call, this was met with disappointment once it didn’t progress. Then again and again. Until the fourth one was the jackpot.
One interview, a police check, two references and about twenty compliance docs later.
But that sense of accomplishment, relief and deserved outcome was not overnight. It was not a fluke, it was not gifted, it was earned in a candidate rich and job short market.
Posting about her experience online also helped, as she felt her journey was relatable and worth sharing to so many others struggling with her. She was correct and countless amounts of like minded job seekers reached out to ask for her advice, offer their words of encouragement and some also saw it as an opportunity to sell a side hustle. But either way, the sense of community helped.
Another close example of persistence is from my good friend Fabio Caragliano, who has seen increased success in his Talentwolf.co platform over the past 6 months, after 3 years of hustle. For as long as I have known him, he has been the hardest worker. Consistently putting in late hours after his full-time job to work on his business and passion project: to make the recruitment process easier for job seekers, by finding already reviewed recruiters and contact directly.
Talentwolf.co was born out of grit, ambition and persistence, which is more useful now than ever as candidates look to find the right recruiter to help them in their job hunt.
Similarly to my partner who is a recruiter herself, Talenwolf.co offered another angle of validation to potential employers, with all reviews and ratings publicly visible.
So with this classic Covid-19 job search marathon, I advise you to think outside the box, join communities, iterate on your job seeking approach, seek advice, stay a realist optimist (Roptomist as I call it) and be Persistent.
For the more you persevere, the closer you are to crawling through the mud, walking in the rain, then sprinting up the mountain towards your next chapter.
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