you will be rejected

Published on May 22, 2020

The success of your job search is measured by whether you receive one “yes.”

When you are looking for your first job, you are going to realize one thing: rejection happens all the time. It’s not something that you can avoid, or even should avoid. Being rejected can happen for a wide array of reasons, and it teaches you valuable lessons about the world.

I was rejected many times when I tried to break into a career in tech. Every time someone didn’t respond to one of my emails, or said that they weren’t hiring, I thought to myself “am I really on the right path?”

In hindsight, the answer to that question was “yes.” I was on the right path. The problem was that I was worrying too much about each individual opportunity. I lost sight of the fact that the job search is not about impressing as many companies as possible.

If you are allowed to interview at ten companies, that is great. But you will be no better off than the person who was only given one chance to interview and who accepted the job. Both of you will have a job. Both of you will be working.

When you are rejected, you should embrace it. Every time I was rejected for a job, I started to reevaluate my approach. Were my cold emails portraying the image I wanted them to? Were the strategies I was using to find companies effective?

I landed my current job because of a successful Tweet. I had absolutely no idea that the founder to whom I reached out was hiring. In fact, they weren’t hiring at the time. I was just interested in their company, and thought I could add some value to their business.

Use rejection as an opportunity to learn. You only need one person to take a chance on you.

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