Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Power of Perseverance

The time has come and gone when you received an email about the Jaggar Community Fellows Program. What if you fell into the "not accepted" category? You may be saying to yourself, "Now what?"

I encourage you to ask instead, "What now?" because what's next for you is a matter of the power to persevere. Here are some tips and words of encouragement for those of you wondering what steps to take, moving forward in your job & internship search.

Tip #1 "When one door closes, another one opens."

Get in touch with your network of friends, families, professors, colleagues, etc. either in-person or on LinkedIn. Whoever has your best interest and mind will help connect you with job opportunities and internships that will benefit you on your journey. Remember, who you know will get you there, and what you know will keep you there.

Tip #2 "When opportunity doesn't a door."

Periodically check Handshake by clicking the "Job & Internship" icon on eCampus. Employers, both on-campus and off-campus, are always posting positions they need to be filled for their companies and organizations. Keep an eye out for positions within your field of study, and challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone a bit. Remember to keep updating your resumes and cover letters as well!

Tip #3 "Perseverance is stubbornness with a purpose."

No matter how bleak the job market may seem: persevere. Submit your resumes to people and places that you'd be interested and invested in working alongside to achieve a common mission or a vision. Online sites such as and are other options that have a lot to offer for those searching. No matter what, don't give up.


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