Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
– Calvin Coolidge
Listen, all you fellow unemployed, there is almost nothing as valuable in your quest for a career as sheer and undeterred persistence. You must be relentless in your search, in networking, in finding and using resources, in perfecting your resume, crafting your cover letter, and finally in securing an interview. Lest you feel your plate already too full, there’s more. Once you’ve gotten the interview, and aced it, you MUST follow up, and keep in contact! It’s hard to know how many candidates you’re competing against, so don’t let your great first impression be forgotten! Whether it’s a simple question of scheduling or perhaps your curious about a company’s involvement in other areas of your interest, DO email your contact. Your continued interest will be proven, in a much more interesting way than sending essentially a second thank-you note. Any opportunity you have to remind a potential employer not only of your existence, but more importantly of your ability to succeed beyond any other candidate’s capacity, is one you should SEIZE!
Getting a job is really a form of sales, if you think about it. Your selling your skill set, your ambition, and you have to do so in much the same way that a sales associate might: be direct without being pushy, be confident without seeming overly aggressive, and above all, leave your potential employer with the impression that you are, of course, imminently capable of all the job requires. DETERMINATION, as Calvin Coolidge so eloquently remarks, is OMNIPOTENT. So get out there and carpe diem!