Professional Feature: Perseverance


About The Professional Feature 'Perseverance'

Perseverance means that you hold fast to a certain idea or action. You only stop when you reach your goal. Unless this is not reasonably feasible.

Synonyms for perseverance are: tenacity, steadfastness and determination.

What does that mean in concrete terms?

- You repeat your views and proposals, possibly in other words, to achieve your goal.
- You don't let criticism or opposition distract you from your ideas. On the contrary, if others have already given up, you will continue.
- Nevertheless, you also know when to stop. If your goals are not realistic, then you leave it at that. You take sufficient account of your environment.
- You are consistent in your endeavors and persist in your views.
- You don't give in to the wishes of others when they conflict with your own views.

Which competencies are involved?

- Independent. You don't allow yourself to be guided by someone else's opinion in determining your goals or opinions.
- Willpower: The ability to control your attention, emotions and desires
- Rich in initiative: You think about what you want to achieve and how. If you often come up with new ideas, you will also have to fight more to get them through.
- Dare: You don't become anxious and insecure when others attack you, but you remain persistent. You are also not afraid to insist or repeat if you think this serves the cause.
- Result-oriented: You use your perseverance in the hope of achieving good results.
- Stress resistant: Persistence is important in situations where (time) pressure occurs.
- Decisive: You are able to make decisions that help you to implement your plans.

When will you break through?

If you've too much perseverance, you often get the blood from the nails of your colleagues. This is evident, for example, from the repetition of your plans and views, and the constant attempt to convince your colleagues without realizing the reasonableness of their arguments. If you've a good idea, that's nice. You can certainly fight for it and bring it to everyone's attention. However, criticism is also needed. It may be good for your personal development to be taken away from your plans.

Because with such a pit bull mentality you are often not very flexible or you can only adjust with difficulty. Your environment then labels you as aggressive and inappropriate. You are a loner who no longer seems to be interested in other visions or goals within the company. Working together is so difficult.

It is therefore important that when pursuing your goals you always put them into perspective, dare to be open to feedback and develop sufficient flexibility to eventually be able to give them up, if necessary.

Demonstrate your perseverance in an application

Looking for a manager with perseverance, that's how you read in the advertisement. What would they mean by that? Perseverance has to do with the fact that you also have to achieve results that are not achieved 1-2-3. You probably have to do very complicated or time-consuming things, or you think there is resistance to the tasks that this manager will get.

You absolutely love this job and you think about how you can explain this competency in your letter and CV. The best example is that you've completed the Human Resources Management (HRM) study program in addition to a four-day job per week. You have put a lot aside for four years. Several times you've considered throwing in the ax. Yet you've always dragged you through difficult periods and always found the motivation to complete your studies, with good results! You put this briefly and forcefully in your letter and you prepare a number of examples with the STAR method so that during the interview you keep the employer further from your perseverance convincing.

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