08 5 / 2012
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04 5 / 2012
Advice on Job Rejections
Rejections are a necessary part of the job search process. I don’t know if I would have been ready if I was offered a job on day one of my job search (totally ready now, though). Ultimately, I think the struggle is a good thing. Friends and loved ones have offered the following advice:
“An acknowledgement of fit”
Someone told me he calls a rejection “an acknowledgement of fit.” There is a more primal part of me that feels slighted, but my higher thinking kicks in and I have to admit that if they don’t think I’m a good fit, they may be on to something! The last thing that either of us wants is for me to arrive on my first day ready to work and it’s not what either of us expected.
“A salesman views each rejection as getting that much closer to a sale.”
Yet another suggestion was to view my job search like a salesman. A good salesman receives dozens of rejections before an eventual sale. Unlike most people though, a good salesman views each rejection as a potential opportunity; this energizes the salesman. A rejection now can mean that the next sale could be around the corner.
“View everything as eventual.”
I was talking to a friend about some recent job rejections (some coming within 24 hours – efficient!) and his advice, apparently from a self-help tape was, “view everything as eventual.” Celebrities and CEOs often express that they knew they were going to be successful. Barring them having some sort of crystal ball, the only way they became successful was to work towards a goal and believe that it would happen. The power of seeing yourself there is a powerful incentive, and some days that’s all I have—the knowledge that if I keep working, I will make it there eventually.
My Advice: Send a thank you note because they may hire you in the future!