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When your Best isn’t Good Enough: Handling Rejection

Sigh, I’m afraid it has been one those days guys. It’s hard work keeping yourself motivated when rejection after rejection just keep coming in so I thought I would write a post today about handling it like a pro!

When you best isn't good enough: handling rejection

Whether it is a rejection from a publisher, production company or your dream job it doesn’t hurt any less when it’s your first or hundredth rejection. As I’ve mentioned before I only moved to Manchester in May so in the grand scheme of things four months may not seem like a long time to be hunting for a job but it does take its toll on a person; this is especially true when applying for dozens of jobs a day only to hear that all too common ‘Unfortunately, on this occasion, you have not been selected for an interview’ or even worse ‘You do not fully fill our criteria at this time’, and that is if they respond at all! So instead of being a debbie downer I thought I would come and share some useful tips to keep motivated when all seems hopeless.

Time Out

Everyone needs a break from the job hunt sometimes, especially when it is all feeling a bit rubbish! Now if you are in the same boat as me you probably don’t have the funds to splash out on a lavish holiday or expensive days out but there are still plenty of things you can do for free (or very cheaply)! Consider some of the following:

  • Picnic in the park (and feeding ducks too)
  • Night in with friends and a cheap bottle of vino
  • Visiting local free/cheap attractions nearby
  • Exercising (if you are so inclined)
  • Completing home improvement projects
  • Take up a new hobby or activity

Skill Building

Consider how your CV compares to the hundreds of competitors you are fighting against in the current job market. Nowadays it isn’t enough to have a degree relevant to the role you are applying for. Employers are seeking out well rounded individuals who can bring something ‘extra’ to the table so in order to maximise your chances of success consider supplementing your CV with additional short courses that may be useful later on.

Volunteering 

Now this is a tricky one; as some of you already know I am not a fan of unpaid internships but I can see the rationale in taking one on if you are in a position to do so. My advice however would be to consider utilising your skills to support a worthwhile cause instead! It feels good to do good.

volunteers Volunteering gives you the opportunity to use your time productively while building up on your skills and portfolio, not to mention you’ll get an awesome reference at the end of it! You could approach a small charity local to you and ask if they would like help with press releases, contacting organisations for donations, promotional marketing online and in print and more. The world is your oyster.

Channel your inner Jessica James and tell yourself:

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The Incredible Jessica James (Netflix)

Well guys, that is all I have time for today but if you have any other ideas on how to keep motivated in spite of rejection please comment below! 

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