Big, positive changes are headed our way for 2016. However, before those big, positive changes were decided, I had to go through a bit of rejection. This wasn’t the normal sort of rejection a person testing the job market might normally deal with. Usually, you find out pretty early in the process that a company is not interested in you for whatever reason. The sort of rejection I dealt with involved traveling to remote interviews, certain that the job must be mine to lose, and only finding out later that I wasn’t a fit for the department or role (I really don’t know which).
Davis Nguyen over at PickTheBrain has put together seven reasons rejection improves your life. The list is really good and you should check it out. Something Davis doesn’t mention is that you learn that any embarrassment you might feel over rejection is in your own mind. Although some may judge you based on rejection, many do not consider it at all.
For me, the most important part of the whole process was what I learned from it. The opportunity to travel to another city, meet new people, and practice my interviewing skills is not something to take lightly. Having worked from home for 9 of the last 11 years has given me precious few opportunities for these things.
Additionally, every cloud has a silver lining. Although I was rejected for that opportunity, I have ended up in what may be an even better one!