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Persistence and hope are critical for job seekers

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Webster’s Dictionary defines persistence as “continuing, especially in the face of opposition.” Such a personal quality is celebrated in the Taio Cruz song, “I Can Be.” Also, the Peter Gabriel song, “Don’t Give Up” shows the importance of support from others in maintaining this persistence during a job search. Listening to these and similar songs can help job seekers to persist with their job search, which is more difficult today because of this bleak economy.

Webster’s Dictionary defines hope as, “a feeling that what is wanted will happen; desire accompanied by expectation.” Author H. Jackson Brown, Jr. once said, “Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel.” The support of family and friends often plays a key role in sustaining job seekers’ hope.

Some other short verses that can help to sustain the perseverance and hope of job seekers include:

  1. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb.
  2. “He who conquers endures.” - Persius
  3. “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” – Proverbs 12:25
  4. “When the world whispers, Give up, Hope whispers, Try one more time.” – Author unknown.

Job seekers should be multi-sensory in their efforts to think positively. In addition to listening to songs of inspiration and repeating short positive phrases to themselves, inspirational posters also will help them to support their perseverance and hope.

After being unemployed for a lengthy period of time, job seekers often experience shame and self-doubt. These emotions not only are counterproductive, but also they usually are illogical. Today, job seekers are experiencing one of the most austere job markets in decades. Many of the forces that have made the job market so miserable are beyond job seekers’ control, but it is important for job seekers to manage what is within their control.

Although technical skills such as networking, resume preparation, and interviewing are all essential, perseverance and hope are just as important.

Have you used any other ways to sustain your perseverance and hope during your past or present job searches? Please comment below.

Have a blessed day.

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