How To Deal With Job Rejection… — Wereld van Jade

My inbox counts about 1.456 emails. Containing, more or less, 456 application rejections. Some people took the effort to compliment me on my coverletter (rejected me anyway), but most of the time I received auto responders. I have applied for jobs in Dutch, English and even in Portuguese. I dragged my Asian arse to network events, where I always talked to my two shoes; only sparring partners around. By now probably 95% of the recruiters know that I love 80’s and 90’s music more than life (‘It’s her again. What do I tell her?..’). Good thing though that one’s value and character is not based on a job. Well…, at least not in my case, otherwise I would be without body fluids and eyelashes. And I completely understand that most of the headhunters ask for someone with a lot of experience. 6000 years B.C. job experience, that is.

However, I am flattered that some employment agencies offered me a job. As a trainee. With € 250 a month for a 40-hour workweek, I mos def will be homeless in no time. Blessed on both sides. And since I invested a lot of time (and money: Oh. Hi student loan debt! Thanks for having me) in an education and personal development, it would be ‘inconvenient’ to work, let’s say, as a re-stocker of shelves in the supermarket. With all due respect: I see you guys at Albert Heijn. Holler at my shelve peeps.

Thus, I decided to do this job sluttery a tad bit different. Unfortunately, I do not have the financial resources to take any recruiter with me to Brazil. Because in that way I could show them that my Brazilian-Portuguese is on fleek. Likewise I cannot invite a HR-posse for Nasi Goreng in my comfy house, because that would be inappropriate. But why not? Now that we are entering 2016, there will be new ways of working (and applying for jobs), right? Honestly, when a ticket to Rio and a epic Nasi is not on the menu, I have to think of something else. Some people can do everything. They can tap-dance, ventriloquy and perform open heart surgery. I only want to write. And I am a firm believer in boldness. Boldness is the future. So whenever I get remotely tempted to give up, I remember Steve Jobs’ words:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”

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Originally published at jadedianthe.com on December 23, 2015.