I’ve never really been one to give up on things, I think it’s mainly due to my stubborn nature but sometimes it does get tough to keep picking yourself up time after time…
This was basically my life 3 months ago, I was in a job I hated and dreaded turning up to every morning. It felt like a real step back from my role at AO.com and I even started to wonder whether I’d made a huge mistake moving to Nottingham. I’d been to numerous interviews only to either find out that either the position wasn’t for me or to get pipped to the post at the final stage which can be really heartbreaking.
My confidence took a real hit during this stage which I’m sure a lot of you can relate to if you’ve ever been on a desperate job hunt too, the constant pressure to sell yourself on application forms, CV’s and in interviews can be extremely demanding and leave you feeling pretty drained. There were several times I felt like I just wanted to give up, to stop trying, to quit my job and deal with the consequences later. But obviously this wasn’t a realistic option, I had rent to pay and couldn’t be left without an income.
So I soldiered on!
I picked myself up and carried on with the applications, really putting my all into each and every one of them and eventually it paid off! I ended up getting two interview for jobs I felt really passionate about on the same day. In the run up to the interviews I did some serious prep which left me feeling super confident and helped me realise that I was a good candidate, that I would be a real asset to either of the companies, that I just wasn’t a good fit for any of the previous roles I’d interviewed for. I think that’s when things changed, I started to believe in myself and began to build up my confidence again.
The interviews ended up going really well and I left both feeling positive that they’d gone well. A couple of days later I heard back and I got second interviews for both which was a real confidence boost. But then the pressure started to build, I was so close to a new opportunity but at the same time I could be right back to square one in no time at all. Luckily the second interviews went well too and I was offered the job at Hillarys. I’ve honestly never felt so relieved! All my hard work and determination for the past six months had been worth it and I could finally say that persistence really does pay off!
So, basically what I’m trying to say is this; you can achieve that goal, you can reach that milestone, you can do whatever you put your mind too. Sometimes it just takes a little patience and a lot of persistence.