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September 23, 2020

Three Lessons I Learned From Job Rejection

Many people are facing job rejection due to Covid-19. In this essay I give three lessons that have helped me face rejection effectively.

        Rejection from jobs is hard for me because, like many beginners, I have little job experience. I wasn’t taught how to do interviews, how to find jobs or how to face rejections in school. So I was thrown off balance when interviewers turned me down. Analyzing those rejections taught me three  lessons that helped me use those disappointments constructively.


            1. Ask The Interviewer Why They Rejected Me

         One job I applied to, had a position open for writers to write on mental health. I thought this would be great for my resume, so I applied. My application was rejected. I asked them why and they replied saying that this position was for students training to be psychiatrists and doctors. I felt relieved, because I realized this position wouldn’t have suited me.


            2.  See Rejection as a Learning Process

        I had a horrible phone interview last week. I was having an interview with the wrong job. I should’ve realized earlier because their email was unclear. It just gave the times and days I can have an interview about a blogging position they had. I thought they were another job I applied to earlier, because that job also wanted someone with blogging experience. The phone interview was awkward. It turned out that I had applied to them a month ago and had forgotten. I should’ve asked them what the job was about before accepting an interview.


              3. Realize That Rejection can be a Blessing in Disguise

         I really wanted a job that was about counseling people online. I thought this would be great for my resume. The job required that my typing speed was at least 50 WPM. For a week I practiced my typing speed. After a week, I did their application. I was really excited when I finished the application because I thought I did well. They rejected me a couple days later. I was devastated. After a while I came to realize I wouldn’t have liked the job because I would only get paid seven dollars for seven hours a day. I knew this all before applying, but I really wanted a job and especially one that would boost my counseling career. 

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