No. A word so short, but yet has the power to cut so hard. We have all been there at some point in our lives, but the secret is to rise above the sourness to create a window of opportunity that puts those no’s to rest while landing a job in the process.
My recipe of success is simple:
- For every no you receive, find 10 reasons why it was a yes to try it in the first place. Whether you accomplished your fear of publicly presenting a pitch to potential buyer, or if you tackled your first interview, you still overcame something great. Everything you can do that gets you real world experience is a positive yes! Always keep that in mind.
- There is no harm in trying. How are you supposed to know if you will even like something if you don’t set out and try to do it first? Go out and apply to any jobs that you are curious in and complete the interview process and accompanying opportunities that are thrown your way. You may be pleasantly surprised with what you find out and what your interests really are.
- Stay strong in the fight. Didn’t get that perfect job you wanted? Chances are it wasn’t for you anyway. Your perfect fit will fall perfectly in place at the perfect time. Do not stress. Patience is a virtue. It may be frustrating at times, but your time will come!
- Thank, thank and thank. I cannot stress this point enough. After all interviews, send a quick “thank you” to the professional or individual you had interviewed with. This can be in the form of a letter or an email. This shows your maturity and the level of professionalism you have. Additionally, if you are passed up from a potential employer, (or got the job, congrats!) send your gratitude their way. I personally will send emails thanking individuals for their valued time and the opportunity to interview with them. This past fall, after interviewing with a company I was passed up by them and due to the fact that I wrote a simple “thank you” email, I was offered a better position by the same company a few months later because the impact of “thank you” goes a longer way then you think. Send cards, send emails, send something. You won’t regret it.
- Keep looking. Always look for opportunities for advancements even if you land the initial job. Consistently work hard at what you do and you will get noticed in some way. Go above and beyond and go the extra mile to impress with a personal touch. Stay true to yourself along the way and your perfect job will be in arm’s reach.