By Lisa Parker

Many of us have been taught from The Tortoise and The Hare  “slow and steady wins the race.” Baloney! Slow and steady isn’t the formula for winning a race. One may finish, but others, sans competitors who choose to nap, will undoubtedly win. The tortoise didn’t beat the hare by going slow. It’s an insult to the tortoise to suggest such a thing. His speed may have been slow comparatively, but he beat the hare by going as fast as he reasonably could and concentrating on his goal until he crossed the finish line. The hare failed to do the same. The lesson to walk away with from the tortoise should be about staying focused while functioning at your true potential until a goal is realized. It’s a shame the tortoise’s example has been used by some to justify poking around at a steady clip.

Job seekers with the potential to match the pace of a hare, who choose the pace of a tortoise, rarely win the race to employment. Not only do they trail their competitors, they fail to exhibit the energy and momentum employers like to see seated across the interview desk from them.  Few hiring managers are willing to extend offers to workers without a clear sense of urgency and who fall short of their potential.

As slow as the tortoise may have been, he performed to the best of his ability and kept his eye on the prize. If you wish to follow the tortoise’s example, do the same.


Lisa joined the Michigan State University Alumni Association as Director of Alumni Career & Business Services on May 1, 2012. Her primary focus is to develop effective networking and resource channels for experienced alumni interested in professional development and job search strategy assistance. Additionally, Lisa works directly with corporate, education, foundation and government partners seeking to attract qualified talent, retain and develop good employees, and establish collaborative relationships in line with their established goals and objectives.

With 15+ years’ experience in third party recruiting, Lisa offers a balanced understanding of both employee and employer perspectives.

Lisa is a firm advocate of the networking process and considers it a vital element in a successful job search. In addition to helping job seekers develop and best utilize networking contacts, Lisa shares her knowledge and insight-gained aiding corporate recruiting efforts-to give Spartan job seekers an edge in terms of lead sourcing, resume presentation and interview strategy.

Among Lisa’s notable accomplishments: Prima Civitas Foundation Scholar; Michigan Works Association Volunteer of the Year; Pink Slip Mid Michigan Planning Committee; career content blogger.


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