20 Inspirational Quotes for Job Seekers

The task of finding a job can be overwhelming, discouraging, and down-right frustrating. Here are twenty inspiring quotes for job seekers to keep in their back pockets while job hunting.

1. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race. — Calvin Coolidge

2. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. — H. Jackson Browne

3. An obstacle may be either a stepping stone or a stumbling block. — Anonymous

4. One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. — Arthur Ashe

5. When you leave college, there are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. — Anna Quindlen

6. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last. — Hamilton Holt

7. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. — Thomas Edison

8. Getting fired is nature’s way of telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place. — Hal Lancaster

9. If opportunity doesn’t knock, then build a door. — Milton Berle

10. The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show us how badly we want something. — Randy Pausch

11. To make our way, we must have firm resolve, persistence, tenacity. We must gear ourselves to work hard all the way. We can never let up. — Ralph Bunche

12. Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours. — Dale Carnegie

13. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. — Winston Churchill

14. Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspirations and expectation. — Jack Nicklaus

15. I never dreamed about success. I worked for it. — Estee Lauder

16. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. — Thomas Edison

17. Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise. — Author Unknown

18. Don’t confuse having a career with having a life. — Hillary Clinton

19. Successful business people don’t get ahead by wishing they had someone else’s job title, corner office, company car, or market share. They get ahead the mundane way, by doing more and doing it better. Envy is a monster with a gluttonous appetite. And it’s never satisfied. Pursue your goals, not someone else’s goals. — James Dale

20. What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team. — Benjamin F. Fairless

Best of luck, job seekers! Good comes to those that wait … and don’t give up.

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