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When I started out into the world of work it was just at the tail end of a recession. Jobs were tough to come by……very tough to come by. And the same old stories were being played out. In order to get the job you needed experience, but in order to get experience you needed………

I applied for hundreds of jobs…..HUNDREDS. Hours and hours spent completing application forms, tailoring my CV, taking visits to the post office. And each day I watched and waited as the post man came with a handful of letters, most of them rejections but on the odd occasion this would be interspersed with a letter telling me that they were no longer recruiting for the role at all!

Believe me, rejection is not something that you get used to. Rejection is not a pleasant feeling or experience. I kept all the letters. I still have the somewhere. I kind of figure that if these companies didn’t want to take a chance on me back then why the hell should I give them the use of my skills and services now?

To this day, I always take care when I am telling a candidate they haven’t been successful. I think about how it feels to receive that letter or that call. To be told that you are not wanted. You are not good enough. You do not have sufficient value. I ask you all to do the same.

Because rejection… sucks.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa permalink
    03/15/2010 13:05

    Good letter.

    I do the same with cold-call salespeople. I had an ex boyfriend who was a cold-call salesperson because it was all the work he could find at the time, and every day people were rude to him, and it took its toll on his self-esteem. So when I receive a call from a company selling a product I’m not interested in, I simply say to them, “It’s not something I’m interested in but I appreciate your call anyway. Thanks for ringing.” And without fail they thank me, say goodbye and hang up, with no hard feelings.

  2. 03/15/2010 13:11

    @Lisa – Welcome and thanks for commenting. If everyone took your measured approach this world would be a lot nicer and friendlier place.

  3. Lisa permalink
    03/15/2010 13:18

    Thank you. :o)

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