Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How to Handle Rejection

Your interview clothes are freshly dry cleaned, hung up, and waiting to be put on after that shower. 
Your portfolio, freshly printed resumes, and interview bag is sitting by your purse. 
As you look in the mirror to apply that natural looking make up and brush your teeth, you think, 
"Today is the day. Today I will win them over and score my dream job as a Child Life Specialist." 

You jam to your favorite music on the way to the interview to help ease the nerves a little bit. 
 You sparkle and shine as you talk about your passion in life
You leave the interview feeling giddy and nervous at the same time. You call your parents, friends, professors- whoever to tell them how it went. 

A week passes. Two weeks pass. Then the week comes when you were told you could expect an answer. No phone call comes. 

Feelings of doubt, failure, worry, and sadness rush in like a thunderstorm in the summer. You don't know whether to cry or hide. Confirmation comes that the job (or internship) was given to someone else. 


This is where you have the power to take control of your mindset. You have the power to change the way you see this situation. You have the power to set your life, mind, and attitude on the course you want it to take. 

Do you let this one rejection knock you off your feet? Maybe it's not your first rejection. Maybe it's your 50th. (See Mindy's story of a frustrating job search.) 

Or do you pick yourself up, hang up your interview suit, and start applying to the next job? Go to work, or school (or whatever) the next day and still do the best that you can do with wherever you are at right now...

I promise you that it's not going to be easy. You are going to want to stuff your face with ice cream, blame anyone but yourself, and maybe even give up. 

You have the power to decide to let this rejection push you back or propel you forward. 

How will you handle rejection? It will come. For some it's sooner rather than later. But it will come. 

It's up to you how you will handle this. It's up to you how to respond. You have the power to do whatever you set your mind to. I believe in you. 

Chase your dreams. 
Run after your passions. 
Eat ice cream. 
Love what you do. 
Find joy in rejection. 

And when that day comes when you get the phone call that YOU got the job, remember the other candidates who got a phone call saying otherwise. 

Stay humble. Count your blessings. Eat ice cream.

Gotta love some encouragement from Dr. Seuss :) 

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Thanks for this encouraging and motivating post. I had a horrible interview yesterday, still I'm hoping that they would call me for a second chance. I have one interview next week too, let's just hope that that one goes smoothly.