Rejection

I was rejected today, in a big way.  I had applied for a job that I was 99.9% sure I was going to get. The job description described my skills to a T.  The application process was long and drawn out consisting of tests and interviews.  I did well on all of them.   Today they called, I didn’t make it to the top 3.  Ouch!

So how do you deal with rejection.  I have spent a few hours moping around, but I think it is time to move on.  I have found that feeling sorry for myself doesn’t get me very far, so I try not to spend too much time on it.  If I do, I’ll start thinking that there is something wrong with me.  I had all the skills required, I put my best effort into getting the job.  My resume was neat and spell-checked. I had a fresh haircut for the interview. I double checked all my answers on the test. So the reason I didn’t get the job must be much more presonal. It must be that I am too fat, or they didn’t like the way I dressed, or maybe I’m just a loser type of person.

But that path is not helpful, and it probably isn’t true.  I put my best effort into this, so I prefer to think that the reason I was rejected was not  anything personal, but rather, that at this  time in my life, that job  is not the best place for me.  I prefer to believe that  Spirit (God, the universe, or whatever word you like) has something else in mind for me.

Now it would be really helpful if I could get written directions on exactly what that something else is!  Trying this and that and facing rejection every time is difficult. But it is also a time of great  personal growth.  I have found that I am a decent writer, and maybe that is a talent I should persue.  I have also discovered that I enjoy running. Quite a suprise for this PE dropout! 

So I am off for a run, and I am eager to see what opportunities await in the future.

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