Job Seeking is a process of rejection – How to look at it positively


You have applied for several jobs.  You are either not hearing a thing back, OR you have landed a few interviews and still not landed the job.  Perhaps you are beginning to think that there is something wrong with you.  STOP!

Every person has skills and abilities, every employer needs to hire folks that meet their needs.  Remember that it is simply a matter of matching skills and abilities with needs.  This takes time.  You are going to experience many “No’s” before that final “YES” comes along.  You must mentally prepare yourself for that.

Instead of thinking, “I will never get hired in my field,” you must think, “I am one “NO” closer to that “Yes,” and I know it is coming, I just need to be patient and apply for more opportunities while I am waiting for the right one to come along.”

Remember that it really is an odds kind of thing.  The more jobs you apply for, the greater your chances for an interview, and the more interviews you go through, the greater your chance for the job offer!  You need to be applying for so many positions that you have to have a system to keep track of them all.  I recommend saving each resume and cover letter you send with your name (to help the employer) and an abbreviation of the job or company you are applying with. That way, you can take a look at what you told them (sent them) before you go to the job interview, and refresh your memory on the position applied for.  You could save each posting that you apply for as well – matching the file titles to help you with the organization of your job search.

Source:  What Color is your Parachute?  2018, By Richard N Bolles; A practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers, Ten Speed Press.

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