Perseverance Pays Off: A Job Seeker's Story


Grief over unemployment

CARSON CITY, NV - Nevada's unemployment rate stands at 12 percent, but experts say if those who have given up on the search for a job were counted it would be several points higher.

It's not hard to imagine why someone drops out of the job search after months or years of trying, but it's worth noting when someone refuses to.

Six weeks ago we went looking for someone who could tell us what a long search was like. We found Lenore Carfora-Nye hard at work at her computer in her Dayton home.

"This is my full time job, looking for a job," she told us.

Her daily grind when we met her was an endless search through emails, job postings and hundreds of applications.

In spite of more than 20 years experience in office management, she kept coming up empty. Few call backs, fewer interviews and those she did get she lost out to younger applicants.

With bills mounting, an unemployment benefits about to run out, she had plenty of reason to be discouraged.

"I stay hopeful," she said then. "I try to stay optimistic that the next one I go to, the next one I walk into,that they'll see my value and hire me."
Finally that approach has paid off.

She landed an interview with the State Health Division.

"I walked out of this one feeling good about it and thinking I might get a call back and when I did, thank you."

The job, an administrative assistant's slot was hers.

"I was very excited, called my family, called my friends and here I am."

Last week she started her new job, but why during that long frustrating search didn't she join that uncounted number of those who simply gave up?

"I knew my unemployment was going to run out and when it did my family was going to be in trouble, besides I know that I have experience and I'd be a great asset to anywhere I just had to keep looking and eventually the right one would come along and it did."

And her advice for others still looking?

If you want to allow yourself to get frustrated, give up for a day, fine. Two days, a week, whatever, but get back on it. Believe in yourself. Keep going. Keep trying, because eventually it will pay off."

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