(Closed) How to keep confidence up in the face of constant rejection?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2269 posts
Buzzing bee

@QueenOfSerendip:  I’m in the exact same boat. Internship, independent research, an artist exhibition, BA in art, BA in psychology, magna cum laude, trilingual, good with computers (built my own) but not good enough for a part time HR job. I know that feeling. 🙁

We just have to stay positive and keep working at it 🙂 

Post # 4
1460 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

When I graduated it took me 10 months to find a job.  Keep applying and network, network, network.  Call on anyone you know to help you out.  I hate to say it but it’s all about who you know sometimes. 

Post # 5
1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It’s really hard out there! Keep in mind that alot of it may have nothing to do with you. Many companies are still fighting issues with the economy and you’re also fighting with people who have been out of work and will have more years of experience.

Keep your head up!!

Post # 6
1096 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I know it’s hard to deal with the rejection but just stay busy. It’s so hard to dwell on those jobs that you don’t hear back from but you’ll find the one. Does your school have a department that helps with networking? My school had a placement department, companies would contact them and they would have a binder full of (not women) job openings with companies that were specifically looking for graduating students. I found my first job on my own (which was a disaster) but I did use this department to find my internship. Also, check with the people that you’re interning/have interned for, even if they don’t have any availability they could have contacts at other companies. They could help to circulate your resume. It sucks being rejected but there are so many people worse off than you. Do what you can do to apply to everything and when you’re not sitting in front of the computer applying do something to take your mind off of it.

Post # 7
1380 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Oh man, I know exactly how you feel, except I have been out of college five and a half years and have a fair amount of work experience and still can’t find a job. But if you are in school for the next six weeks, you have the advantage of still utilizing the connections at your fingertips. Talk to professors and advisors in the field you want to be in and see if they have ideas. Also, now would be a good time to get in touch with former internship supervisors. Send a personalized cover letter WITH EVERY JOB you apply for even if it’s not required-they may not read it but if they do, a good cover letter will make you stand out. See if you can start volunteering at organizations you are interested in (although not such a great idea if you plan to relocate after graduation.) Best of luck to you.

ETA: On how to deal with rejection, I’ve literally cried over rejections during the past few months. I don’t know how to get over it myself, I guess just remind yourself that there are lots of smart and capable ppl in the exact same boat as you.

Post # 8
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Network as much as you can. It is SO much easier to get considered for a position when you can have a short conversation with a recruiter at the company. Get in touch with your former internship supervisors and see if you would be eligible for rehire or they know of any available position. You should also ask them to write a short letter of recommendation for you or at least be a reference. Make sure you go to every recruiting event that’s even slightly related to your field. On campus info sessions and career fairs are a great chance to get face time with companies. Also make sure that you practice your 60 second elevator pitch so you can capture recruiters’ interest whenever you get a chance to speak with them.

Handling rejection is always tough. I usually try to stay as emotionally distant as possible during the job search. It’s not easy, but try not to think about the job being yours until you actually get the offer. Don’t fantasize about what the job would be like or where you would live or even tell other people that you’re probably going to get the job.

Post # 9
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Find out if your school has a career office, they may have someone there that can get you connected with companies for interviews. This is exactly how I found my current job. Your professors may also have some connections via colleagues of theirs in the field you are interested in.  Attend any and all career fairs, even if they aren’t at your college and are being held at schools local to you.

Try rewriting your resume sometimes reformatting or condensing it down to one page helps. Also look into revamping it with some buzz words relevant to your field. Never embellish your resume with false qualifications but it is ok to reword your current list in such a way as to fit you and also the job you are looking for. As you are graduating, include additional information such as reference letters upon request. If you don’t already have them, ask any internships to write you letters so you can include those if needed. 

It sounds like a pain, but privatize your social media pages if you have them. Google yourself to make sure nothing negative comes up, employers now are taking these measures to search for this stuff and although I don’t agree on the privacy front, it can and will have an effect your hiring eligibility.

I shared the above as to encourage you to keep your head up and offer info as to how I was able to finally land a job. I know what you’re going through and it’s tough. Don’t let it get you down, keep putting yourself out there, talk to anyone you can think of who may know “someone hiring” and look into the career center/job fairs. 

Post # 10
5958 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

Ugh, that’s terrible and I’m sorry.  As someone who spent almost a decade in their twenties being rejected by potential acting jobs, I get it…and that can be pretty devastating since you take it so personally…then I just figured out that there was no way for me to know what they were looking for, and I’m certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, why on Earth would this tall, sexy, round peg wanna be forced into a square hole?  You are great, I promise, and the more No’s you get, the closer you get to that one YES!  Remember to tell yourself that, and treat yourself from time to time, looking for work is a hard and thankless task, you are doing great!

Post # 11
1380 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Oh and one more thing-put ACCOMPLISHMENTS on your resume instead of just DUTIES. That might be kind of hard since you are new to the working world and probably don’t have many achievements yet (most people don’t when they are graduating from college), but think creatively about what you’ve done in your internships and how you have benefitted the organizations.

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