Searching for the right position or next step on the career ladder can be a full time job in itself. Dedicate time to your search but be careful not to burn your resources at the beginning. Spending too much time applying for jobs could leave you feeling down, after all being unemployed can be a difficult time. Quality over quantity is key. Dedicate a few hours in your schedule to job hunting and use the remainder of your time to boost your skills for your CV or engage in activities that keep you stimulated.
Don’t take rejection personally. It happens to everyone. It even happens to some of the most recognised people today who are known for their talents. The list includes the author of the Harry Potter series JK Rowling, music mavericks The Beatles and the creative innovator Walt Disney. JK Rowling was a 31 year old single mother before she wrote the first Harry Potter book that shot her to fame. Previous to that, JK Rowling had worked in an office in London where she was fired for writing stories on her computer instead of doing work. The advantage of this rejection? JK Rowling was able to dedicate herself full time to her passion of writing stories.
The Beatles were famously rejected by Decca Records following an audition where they showcased 15 songs of both original material and covers. They were rejected on the basis that "guitar groups are on the way out" and that "The Beatles have no future in show business." A few months later, the Beatles signed a record deal with EMI that was the beginning of their world wide success. It has been suggested that the Beatles did not show their true musical potential on the day of their first audition. Perhaps this first rejection acted as a stimulant for more band practice to fine tune their performance, resulting in the songs we know and love today.
Walt Disney is attributed with being the man who created the place where dreams come true for thousands of children across the globe; from watching the memorising animated films that make a mark on our childhoods to visiting the most popular theme parks in the world. It is therefore surprising that Walt Disney was fired from his first job because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” After being fired, Walt Disney was rejected again. This time by 302 bankers before he finally heard the YES he was waiting for and went on to build his dream.
Rejection can be used as a time for reflection and a chance to learn why it didn’t work out. Do you need more training? Are you in the wrong field? Do your passions and talents lie somewhere else? Learn from your experience and move ahead. Have a vision of where you want to be, of your ideal job and what it takes to achieve it. It may take a few days, weeks, months or even years but if you don’t try, you don’t succeed.
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