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The Three Building Blocks of All Successful Job Searches: Persistence

We've covered the importance of focus and organization in the job search process. In this final post of the series, we tell you why persistance matters and how to put it to work for you.

Follow up after your interview or initial conversations with a written note or letter. Email or phone messages are not enough. All your competitors will send email. Set yourself apart. This is just one more way to differentiate yourself from other job candidates.

Be prepared to follow up again...and again, if necessary. And always remain patient and courteous.  

 Keep the door open. Even if you get an initial rejection, ask for feedback. Learn what it was they were looking for that they didn’t see so that the next time you may be even more prepared. Also ask to know when they may be hiring again.

Continue to network. Make contacts at every turn. Never stop.

Stay on the lookout for opportunities even if they come unexpectedly and “off plan.” Don’t let lack of communication, disappointments or rejections deter you. Keep your eye on the prize. Develop a laser-sharp focus and a positive attitude.

Key Take-Aways from this Series:


  • Never lose sight of your goals 
  • Don’t begin your job search until you’ve completed the earlier steps: Understanding Transition, Self-Assessment, and Research 
  • Remember the 3 keys to success: focus, organization and persistence 
  • Always work from a written plan 
  • Stay on-task and business-like 
  • Use online resources such as Job Search Websites 
  • Keep all papers, contact lists and correspondence organized and up-to-date 
  • Consider options such as self-employment or purchasing a franchise 
  • Investigate a career with the Federal Government 
  • Stay creative and be open to unexpected opportunities


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