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Guest Post: Persistence Pays Off

Lee Grossman sends in his thoughts about persisting towards a professional position he wants. I think the most important line in here is, "In addition to sending off the all-important thank you email, crafting emails at fairly regular intervals in between interviews is also a prerequisite to staying in the race. As was the case for myself, a 1-month gap took place in between my first and second interviews. I am certain that were it not for my persistence in staying on the hiring manager’s radar, there would have been a far greater chance that I would not have made it through to round 2." - I wanted to highlight that, that's a key insight. Okay, here's Lee -

Hi Sebastian,

Really enjoying your blog posts! You seem to have this knack for always touching on relevant and practical topics that add value and meaning to my life as well as I’m sure a great deal of your readership.

On that note, I thought I would write a little piece on something that recently transpired for myself and that I feel would align well with the experiences of those in the midst of job-hunting. So without further adieu…

Persistence Pays Off

The Million Dollar Question

August 11th, 2011. Chiba, Japan.

A mix of confusion and awe as I step off the platform.

I must have made a mistake. But maybe a good mistake.

Birds caw and cicadas click gently, filling the warm afternoon air with sounds of nature. The train platform is open to the air and on the other side of the tracks is a high fence. Beyond it, a bicycle and walking path leading to a park.

Children are running around and playing in the park, but surprisingly quietly. Very Japanese.

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