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Combat Job Search Rejection with Resilience

Combat Job Search Rejection with Resilience

Jane Allerton | The Monster Blog

Resilience. Stick-to-itiveness. Takes a lickin’, keeps on tickin’.

Just a few thoughts that stay top of mind as I ride the ups and downs of the quest for a new job. Admittedly, it takes a pretty tough coating on your ego to handle the repeated rejections. Not all rejections are an outright, “No, we are not offering you the position.” Rather, a good quantity of rejections are more subtle, yet still take their toll.

So how do I dust myself off, pick up and just keep going? While it sounds really simple, it takes a good deal of emotional and psychological strength to pull myself up by the bootstraps every morning and go at it again.

For me, I think about analogous experiences whereby I learned to go for the goal again and again. I have built up my personal resilience over the years through a variety of lessons.

As I scroll back in my memory banks, I think of my years in competitive swimming. Every day, I was back in that pool for two more hours to perfect my strokes and improve my strength. Negative feedback in swimming comes to you every time your swim mates beat you to the wall. If you don’t persevere in improving your swimming, you don’t go for the gold (or in this case, goal).

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