Be Persistent


When I looked for a part-time job after staying home with my small children for a few years, I interviewed for one I really thought I would like.  It was three days a week in the office of a construction company.

After my interview, I was told they would make their decision by the end of the next week.

I hadn’t heard from them by the end of the week, so I called and asked if the job had been filled.  I explained that I was checking because I really did think I was a good fit for the job and didn’t want to look any further until I found out if it had been filled. I was told that the decision had been delayed until the beginning of the next week, because someone had had to go out of town unexpectedly.  

So, when I still hadn’t heard from them by the middle of the next week, I called again, and again asked if the job had been filled, because it really was my first choice of the jobs that I had interviewed for, and I didn’t want to take another one, if there was still a chance I might get this one.  I was again told no decision had been made, but it would be made in the next few days.

The next day, I received a call from the office manager offering me the job! 

Before she hung up, she said, by the way, in case I was interested, my persistence was what had gotten me the job.  She said I was one of three candidates for the job, and we all had about equal experience and qualifications.  But, she said the “tipping point” that made them decide to offer it to me was that they liked that I kept calling back to see if it had been filled.  They felt they were hiring the person who wanted the job the most!

Polite persistence paid off.

8 Responses to Be Persistent

  1. Beth says:

    I think some pastors would enjoy using this story as a parable of how to be persistent with God, too!

  2. Sandra says:

    Very true, Beth. I guess, in most cases, persistence IS a virtue!

  3. Hilary says:

    A good lesson and reminder in many aspects of life. Thanks. 🙂

  4. karen says:

    I agree with you. Persistance is a GOOD trait to have !!

  5. Sandra says:

    Hilary — Yes, it applies to lots of areas, doesn’t it.

    Karen — It is, but sometimes hard to demonstrate. Easier to just say, “whatever.”

  6. Chourou says:

    Hi,Sandy.I think I myself can take a lesson from this story, when I think about how I will make my way doing my job. Acutally since I started following your blog, I’ve got a lot benefit from what your posted to it, thank you.

  7. chrissy says:

    Absolutely true. Thanks for sharing. It is not only persitence, but in short it was the “follow thru” This is what everyone wants from someone else, follow thru and don’t expect others to mind read, tell them what you think of what you are doing, politely.

  8. Sandra says:

    Hi, Chourou — I’m glad you find my blog interesting. It’s fun to get to tell stories like this.

    Chrissy — It was a good lesson to learn early in my working life — the person demonstrating the most interest may tip the chances of getting the job in their favor!

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