Getting a job can be analogous to dating, but what may be surprising is the amount of despair that can accompany getting rejected from a wanted position. Luckily, many of us have experienced the similar feeling before. So as you move on to “other fish in the sea”, pursuing an alternative job after rejection may not be as hard as you think.
“Fall Down 7 Times, Stand Up Eight”
Ghandi knows what he’s talking about. Just because you didn’t land this particular job doesn’t mean the rest of your life will follow the same domino effect. We may all feel the laziness and hopelessness, but staying in that state won’t pay the bills. Force yourself to at least look at the job postings to get a feel for what’s out there. Baby steps! [For help on how to take those baby steps, visit our page]
Throw Your Cards on the Table
Once you dip your toes in the pool, start applying. A lot. Apply to places because they “seem cool”, apply because the benefits are good…heck, apply because you can! Obviously, you’re not going to accept them all, but having that feeling that an employer actually wants YOU to work for them is a great way to kick-start your self-esteem back to where it should be. Everyone likes to succeed, so why not give it a try?
Any Practice is Good Practice
Since you applied to all these places, you’re bound to get at least a phone interview, right? Take these opportunities for granted, they offer real-life practice that will come in handy when you have the potential to score your dream job. Practice makes perfect! For extra tips on how to prepare for such an interview, read our blog here.
Build Your Self-Esteem, and Run With It
Having all these interviews and employers wanting you is a definite way to boost your ego. Because in a situation such as this—just like if your date stood you up—a good ole morale booster is the perfect antidote. Get back into your hobbies and pastimes that you enjoy, remember what your interests are so that when another opportunity does come along, you will be ready again to take initiative!