Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Persistence Pays Off

Upon walking into my office yesterday, I noticed a yellow sticky note with the following message. “I found a job. Although it’s not much, it’s a step in the right direction…Thanks for walking me through some of these [job search] processes.”

The thank you note says a lot about this particular student—but more on thank you notes in a later posting.

This person’s story illustrates the age old adage: when at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s exactly what he did. And here’s his story:

A person in the career services office told a class of seniors last October that in this economy if they apply to 20 jobs a week, they will be able to
find a job by September 2009. So in November my friend and I started applying to about 5 jobs a day. In the process, I noticed an Assistant Manager job for Panda Express Group on both Craigslist and Monster, so I subsequently applied on their corporate website in November. Three months and hundreds of job applications later, I unexpectedly got a call for a preliminary interview. So I got excused from my classes and went for the interview the same day. The interview went extremely well. The Area Mananger who interviewed me was really impressed and observed that I have what it takes to take on the General
Manager position. I got another call the same day arranging a meeting for me with the VP of Operations a few days later. This interview also went
well. I emailed him after the last interview to thank him for the opportunity and upon his reply, found out that I got the job and could
start whenever I am ready after graduation.

Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 02/18 at 11:48 AM

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