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Positive Thinking, Persistence Pay Off in Job Search !! Never Give Up !!

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Positive Thinking, Persistence Pay Off in Job Search !! Never Give Up !!


A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence. - Jim Watkins


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Well said admin, one should make their own way when not sure where to go.

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