The other day I received a letter in the mail from a place I interviewed with…it was a rejection letter. I started to think back wondering when the last time was that I actually received a letter through snail mail that was a rejection and think it may have been when I applied to colleges, and maybe when I tried to apply to my first co-op job. Regardless, it’s been YEARS since I got a rejection in the mail.
I mean…I guess it’s a nice touch but, knowing that this “older” and “family like” company is trying to move into the “new age” of marketing perhaps they could have skipped the letter and let me know, without having me wait for 1 month, that I was not the right candidate.
This little anecdote leads me to the topic of rejection. We all get rejected in our lives but the unemployed pool gets it a lot more. It’s like going for seven different promotions at work and getting rejected every time. In one sense you are being humbled that perhaps you are not the big shot you are but in another…it doesn’t really make you want to keep trying, but we have to. Being jobless doesn’t get you far, so we have to keep marching on.
I’ve told you before that I’ve tried to get feedback from places that have passed up on my resume, I have also kept business cards in the case that another job opens up and I can reach out to the HR person directly. However, at the end of the day you dust off, take a day off and keep applying.
If you are interested in some other ways of handling rejection, an article on boston.com, Bouncing back from bad interviews and job rejection, talks about points such as:
Realizing it’s probably not your fault
Feedback is you friend
Not getting defensive
Doing something with constructive feedback
Expanding your options and opportunities and many others!
Have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy the warm weather and if you are interested, check out my Let’s Review blog later today for a local attraction I had no idea about until this week.
What did you do today?