Rebounding from Job Rejection to Find Success

Notes and data from more than 50 interviews in the past 8 months

Kyle
Ascent Publication

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It was October, of last year. I had been waking up for months with a sunken pit in my stomach. The reasons: I had decided to leave the company I worked for, I was about to tell my boss that I was going to leave for another position, and I had been speaking to a recruiter for a few weeks. I was going to find another job, just not the way I thought.

The conversation with my boss went well — they were happy for me and provided me with words of encouragement. The interview went well, and I was set up for a second round in the coming weeks. My firm sought out a replacement and I began to train him for the holiday season. So, when the second-round interviews came and went, and I didn’t get the job, I continued to work with my replacement until the holiday season was over.

During the last week of December, my boss offered to keep me and drop the replacement. I asked to sleep on it and replied in the morning that it wasn’t going to work — that I was seeking more fulfillment in my professional life. I said that with everything I learned while working with their firm (and the cap I had reached), it was time to move on. They responded that I was always welcome to come back or even to work as a contractor while I…

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