The hardest part about graduating from college is finding a job. You spend hours and hours sending out your resume and you feel so hopeful. “Oh yeah, I got this.” Then weeks go by and you hear nothing. Okay this does sound discouraging, but you hold out and hope that something comes your way.
Then the emails with responses from these companies come back and you’re all excited. You open the email and it says: “We really loved your resume, but we decided to go with another candidate,” “The position has been filled and we will no longer be accepting applications for the this position,” “Unfortunately we have moved to the next step in our hiring process, and your application was not selected at this time.” I really love how these companies try and be nice about the rejection, but no matter what, it still hurts.
What did I do wrong? Did I not fit all the requirements? What are you looking for? Did I not try hard enough? Seeing those responses time and time again can be discouraging and it feels like a waste of time.
I think the hardest part is seeing your friends with these amazing jobs and you’re wondering when yours is going to come. It really does suck, because you start questioning your capability and you never know why these companies did not want you.
I know that this post won’t affect everyone, but those who are affected, I’m with you. We’ll get though it together and somehow we’ll find the good in the situation. When I face these rejections I used to get so angry and feel so defeated, but I’ve come to realize that giving up won’t change my circumstances.
I know that I am smart, talented, and a fighter. So when I do get a rejection letter, I don’t see it as defeat, but instead I see it as an opportunity for something better to come along. And I’m going to tell you right now, that getting to that perspective did not come easily, but it will.
So just know, that your efforts are not in vain, please just hold on.