Over the past month or so, I’ve been applying to jobs. I’ve sent out my resume to around 50 different companies. I’ve gone through seven interviews. I was rejected by two companies after third round interviews.
And guess what? It effing sucks. A whole lot. I still haven’t found a new job.
But I’ve also been lucky in realizing that this process has also taught me A TON:
- I am not entitled to a job.
- I am not a complete failure because I’m getting rejected.
- The right fit will come along for me.
- The jobs from which I’ve been rejected were not the right fit.
- I am resilient.
Everyone goes through rejection. Out of the fifteen colleges (I know, I’m insane) I applied to when I was a high school senior, eight rejected me. But you know what? Seven accepted me. Seven schools would have been happy to take me in as a student. And the one I chose shaped me as a person, for the better, and I am forever grateful.
There is always going to be something out there for you. It just is going to take work – and luck – to find it.
Think about it. It is really rare to find that prime grocery store parking spot empty. It has to be free at some point, but the first person who sees it WILL snag it. But maybe one day, you will be that person.
Life is based on not only skill, but also, a whole lot of luck. I know that there are people who are more skilled and will get the job that I want. But there are also people who, quite simply, will get there first. There will also be those who have that ‘it’ factor that the particular employer is looking for.
I also know that one day, I will be lucky. I will have that ‘it’ factor. I just need to persist.