Being “Pleasantly Persistent”

I was recently working with someone who was searching for a new job. During our interactions, this person said that one of her greatest qualities was being “pleasantly persistent.” I thought it was a beautiful description of what’s required in a job search. If you want to be successful in your job search then a pleasant persistence is a real asset.

As we’ve worked with tens of thousands of people who are searching for healthcare IT jobs on Healthcare IT Central, I’ve learned that both being pleasant and persistent amidst a job search can be a real challenge. In fact, that’s probably what makes those assets so valuable.

The obvious element is being persistent. Job searches are hard work. Doing it right you have to treat it almost like a job unto itself. There’s a persistence that’s required with your desired employers, but also as you repeat the same process over and over again across a number of different employers. Turns out that a respectfully being persistent is a great attribute for many employees. So, showing this capability during the job search process can really differentiate you from other candidates.

While persistence can be a challenge during the depression cycles of a job search, it can be even harder to be pleasant. Sometimes during a job search you’re frustrated, upset, tired, and just not excited to be pleasant. However, that’s just what you have to do. Turns out that this is very similar to persistence as far as it being a great attribute in a future employee. We all know times in our jobs where we’re feeling frustrated, upset and tired and yet we have to put on our happy face and be pleasant. That’s a valuable skill to have in your quiver.

I loved the idea of pleasant persistence. It’s great for employees, but also great for those seeking a job. Think about this if you’re in the process of searching for a job.

About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.