Being Persistent During Your Job Hunt

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Been rejected for your dream role… Feeling disappointed… Maybe your dream role is the best next step for your career.

Either way, getting the company to reconsider you for that dream role is possible….Here’s how.

Persistence can be a great quality to have when you are in job-search mode or when you have a dream or a goal that you want to reach.  The key to persistence is to not give up, even though you may feel discouraged or feel like throwing in the towel.

The definition of persistence, according to Webster, is “to continue steadily in any business or course.” If you look up persistence in Roget’s Thesaurus, you will find the following:  continue, last, endure, go on, remain, seize an opportunity, and permanent. These are all positive words with positive meanings that can be applied to a role / job search or goal.

Persistence is an attribute that continues to be important as we get older, playing a part in everything from our relationships to our health to our careers.

When it comes to careers, persistence can certainly pay off. Employers want workers who are truly interested in and passionate about their jobs. But what about when a worker gets rejected for a role from a company that he/she really wants to work for? Can they continue to pursue for that role, or could their persistence work against them?

Joshua Siva, co-author of “BOLD: Get Noticed, Get Hired,” says that job seekers shouldn’t be discouraged from applying again to a company that has turned them down. “When an applicant has taken the time to understand the company, the people and the customers, getting rejected the first time around should never discourage that applicant from future prospects with the firm,” Siva says. “Any number of reasons could have led to the rejection.”lois blog 2

Here are some simple tips that will help you:

Believe in Yourself

Keep going even when the odds are against you

Be Passionate

Keep your goals in front of you at all times

Be bolder and more creative the next time

Above all else, you need to be bolder and more creative the second time around in order to stand out from other applicants, in addition to their former self and application.

Understand the gap in your previous application

1) The first is to understand the gap in your previous application. You could get in touch with your recruitment consultant, who could help you out with this, but if not, just be honest with yourself. Make a list of things that you feel could have caused the fumble and spend whatever amount of time is needed to close the gap

2) Follow up periodically with your consultant involved in the hiring process from the original rejection. It is always a favorable position when an applicant is on the mind of the consultant since there would be more chances of the consultant referring him to another similar potential opportunity within the same organisation he was once rejected.

3) You maybe tempted to re-apply right away, especially if there is something that interests you. The ideal decision would be to allow enough time, before you jump into taking a wrong step (Research, seek advice, Be innovative and then go for it when you are confident)

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In order to get noticed, you must be willing to leave your comfort zone and show more initiative… be ‘Pleasantly Persistent’!

Lois Abraham


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