Updated: Oct 3, 2021
Getting hired may or may not come easy for you, but getting the job of your dreams takes persistence. I am walking talking proof of this. I would say that all the jobs I've had prior to being an Instructor were easy for me to get. I followed the usual steps and hot hired. The difference between those jobs and working for the school was, well... those were simply just jobs. A few of them were jobs in my chosen field and were a vital part of growing in my career, but none of them were that one, "all important" career job.
I remember walking into the school as if it were yesterday. I had driven past it so many times, watching as construction was nearing completion. Finally one day I decided it was time to go in. I was nervous and terrified, but I knew I was in the right place at the right time. This was the job of my dreams and I had to have it, no matter what. I went inside and happened upon the Campus Director right away. I found out they were in need of instructors, but it would be 2-3 months before they would be hiring for that position. I knew at that point I would need to be on top of this so I wouldn't loose the opportunity.
I called every week on the same day, at the same time, for about two months before I got my first interview with the Director. After my first interview, again I repeated the same process for another month until I was scheduled for my second interview which was a teaching demonstration. Once I was able to show them what I could do and the passion I have for cosmetology, I knew the job was mine, however I still did not hear back right away. I waited my usual amount of time and then started calling again every week until the Director agreed to have me in for a final interview. At the interview she commented about my persistence, dedication, and how I was more reliable than some of her other employees. She made me an offer on the spot.
Having the drive and dedication to constantly go after what you want is what it takes to get your dream job. In some areas of this great country, it may take that just to get a mediocre job. Some entire career fields are like that, so having this skill will serve you well at some point in your career. You can take my example and run with it, or change it and tailor it to your individual needs. There are a few core aspects that I believe are necessary in the persistence game that will aid you in your success. They are:
Be consistent-You want to be the most predictable part of your future supervisors life. You want them to be able to count on you more than they can count on their current employees. Show them that you are going to be the most reliable employee by contacting them as often as once per week.
Respect the "chain of command"-If you are communicating with a particular supervisor, then continue to do so. You don't want to go above them if you aren't getting the results you want. That is a quick way to get them upset with you. If you feel it's necessary to speak with someone else, or you need to increase your visibility, I suggest speaking with someone lower on the "chain of command" but is still directly connected with the supervisor. For example a receptionist or an assistant. Get them to want to talk about you to their supervisor.
Read between the lines-You will need to evaluate every interaction with the business you want to work for. It may be the job of your dreams, but you also want to make sure it is not a waste of your time. Start by paying attention to the other employees when you come in, you want to take note of how they treat you and what they say when they notify the supervisor you are there.... again. When you meet with the supervisor read their expressions and determine if you have crossed the line from persistence to annoyance.
Have you ever annoyed anyone? I can guarantee you that you have, whether you believe that or not, you most definitely have. I can say that I know I have crossed the line with a potential employer and came off as annoying. Finding the balance between the two is difficult so you have to be aware of what is considered annoying. The problem with annoyance is, well its not the same for everyone. What one employer finds annoying, another may actively be looking for. It's very much like dating and finding the right relationship.
As someone who has been responsible for recruiting and hiring for many different companies, I can say that the following are universally annoying:
Calling or showing up excessively-I believe that making contact once a week is about as far as you can push it and not be too annoying. Once every two weeks is also not bad, but you run the risk of loosing out on the opportunity. You must read your future supervisor and determine how often is excessive.
Communicating with too many different people-You want to increase your presence and visibility at the business you want to work at, but speaking to too many different people and going above or around a supervisor to speak with another supervisor is also very annoying. Also remember if the business you want to work for has different departments, stick with that department and speak with the appropriate people.
Asking the same question-If you have been given a specific timeline or an answer about something, don't keep asking them about it. If you don't receive the answer you want, or are not getting the information you need, asking over and over is not going to get you better results.
Being too aggressive-This should be obvious, but I will say that aggressiveness can come off as scary and threatening. Neither of those will get you hired anywhere in the Creative Service Industry.
Not knowing when enough is enough-You will quickly be labeled annoying if you cant tell when you have crossed over to being excessive. Again, it all comes down to being able to read the situation and be able to determine when whoever you are working with has had enough. It would be better for you to decide that now is not the right time and back off, then go back to pursuing it in the future. You should know when putting some time in between attempts would be more beneficial than taking things too far.
Finding the Balance
You and only you will be able to determine the balance between persistence and annoyance. Take what you can from reading this and find what works for you. The way that I was able to find my balance was trial and error. If you are unfamiliar with this process, trial and error in a nutshell is as simple as trying something and seeing if it works. If it doesn't work, or it doesn't work the way you want it to, you make adjustments and try again.
Finding the balance between persistence and annoyance will mean the difference between waking up and being excited to go to work, and waking up and dreading going to work. If you can master walking the line between the two you will be able to control your employment destiny. You will have the power to decide your next employment venture. Can you imagine being able to say "I want to work here" and then making it happen? I cannot stress enough how important it is to be persistent with your dreams. Don't let something as small as a forgetful employer, or a job that seems a little out of your reach deter you from your maximum potential.
Inspiration & Challenge
Once you have decided to be in control of your future, it is an important step to set and manage your goals. In order to achieve your goals you have to do more than be persistent. You need to start off every day with a positive affirmation. Start by telling yourself that you are worth having what you desire. Once you have done this enough times and you believe it, then you can include telling yourself that you will achieve your goals that you have set for yourself.
Positive affirmations and a strong desire will start you on the path to success. You should actively be willing your desires into reality if you want to see them come true. Start off small and then work up to the larger ticket items. No one will be as dedicated and driven to get you what you want as you are, so if you really want something make it happen!
I challenge you, reader to discover what you want to do with your career and make it happen. You have the power and strength to do so, I believe in you. If you find yourself doubting yourself remember this, "Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart