Sunday, 10 February 2019

"Thank you for your application but..."


If I had £1 for every time I've received a job rejection email, I would probably be so rich that I would no longer need to find a job. Ok, that may be a bit of an exaggeration. But I've had my fair share of "Thank you for your application but unfortunately you have been unsuccessful" emails. It's gotten to the point where I've received so many rejections that I'm struggling to keep motivated and positive because now I automatically think "What's the point in applying? It'll just be another rejection"...
Without sounding too much like I'm blowing my own trumpet; I have a good degree from a top university, was the captain of my netball team, an active member of various societies and have been working part-time and interning since I was 16 years old. So where the hell am I going so wrong with my applications? One thing I have learnt from this whole process is that I was incredibly naive as to how difficult it would be to secure a job once I had graduated. Don't get my wrong, I absolutely loved university and made friends for life there, however why I ultimately chose to go to university was so that I could land myself a decent job afterwards.

No matter how much I prepare or how confident I am walking out of an interview, it seems inevitable that I'll get a rejection email a few days later. The first couple of rejections I received hurt but I managed to get over them and continue to focus on sending out job applications. However, after I had received a handful of rejections, I found it difficult not to link those rejections to personal failure and question whether my degree was worth the time and money. It feels like my life has become a constant cycle of waking up stressed and having multiple breakdowns a week over jobs.

After each rejection, it becomes tougher and tougher to just carry on submitting job applications because it feels like I'm wasting my time. However, one thing that is keeping me going is the thought that the next company I apply to might be the ones who offer me a job. I've also been trying to establish a better search/life balance. Initially, I was spending pretty much every waking moment searching for jobs and yet I would still go to bed feeling like I hadn't achieved anything - I even went through a phase of passing up any invites to social events because I felt like I needed to spend more time searching for jobs. And let me tell you, living like this is SO DRAINING. I felt stressed out and exhausted all of the time. So I've been trying to spend less time searching for jobs but making the time I do spend searching more productive by writing to-do lists and setting daily goals.

Even though I do still get stressed out about finding a job, the changes I've made recently have helped me to take some of the pressure off myself. To any other graduates who are still applying for jobs, remember: job rejections are not a reflection of personal failure, stay focused on your goals and look after your own wellbeing as well, and most importantly don't give up.
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  1. I love your spirit despite all the rejection. Hearing no many times might make you feel like you are not good enough. But you are good enough my dear. Not getting the job doesn't mean that you have failed in life.
    Keep your head up and continue with the search my dear. You'll find it.

    Ngumabi xxo | ngumabisglam.blogspot.com

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  2. I really feel like a lot of it is luck! I've watched the post intelligent, smart and charismatic people be turned down from jobs and someone fairly mediocre get that same role! It can be as simple as who picked up your CV, you interviewed you, what exactly they were looking for etc that's tips the scale and it's so frustrating. I love how you have stayed fairly positive throughout it all - what's meant to be will be and it could just be that the perfect job for you is around the corner!

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    1. Completely agree with this! I keep reminding myself that the next interview I go to could be the one I get offered, which is what's keeping me motivated x

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  3. I've also had so many job rejections in the past. It's super frustrating when you thought it all went well with the interview.

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    1. Yeah it's so difficult when you thought it went well but still get a rejection because then I'm like "well where did I go wrong!?" x

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  4. I used to get so many emails like this. It can be very disheartening, but worth it in the end!

    Danielle xx
    https://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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    1. Absolutely! I'm just trying to not take the rejections to heart and stay motivated x

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  5. Rejection letters and emails are disheartening but I'm crossing everything you'll get an acceptance letter soon xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

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  6. Here's hoping something wonderful will come your way soon!

    http://a-woman-of-a-certain-age.com

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  7. I am completely with you on this one!
    I've been applying a lot lately, and I definitely think you need a thick skin when you're receiving rejections ha.

    Hope your search goes well lovely!
    Fran | francescasophia.co.uk; lifestyle, beauty, and travel blog xx

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