rejection, new plans, rejection, new plans, repeat.

2 Sep

same boat, different emotions

It was a long shot, a 5.8% chance of landing a fellowship at Code for America. Most people won’t even know how miniscule a chance they have because most employers don’t even remotely try transparent hiring processes, as I posted earlier on this blog. But I take comfort in the statistics — I was recently told I wouldn’t be moving on to the interview round.

And I’m not that disappointed. Unlike Leslie, I’ve been denied enough of times to not blink twice at a rejection email.

And yet, what’s tougher is keeping people informed about your job search. When friends asked in August, I would mention Code for America. The support was unrelenting: “that sounds so perfect for you!” or “wow, what a great opportunity! I hope you get it.” But once you’ve pitched a possibility, it’s much harder to go back to your friends and supporters to say “nah, that didn’t work out.” Or perhaps it’s that you can only go back to your supporters so many times with new plans, brushing over the rejections.

How long before those friends/supporters tune you out? Call your bluff? Start doubting you?

I see why people get very private, very fast with their job searches. Telling others about your investments in applications, networking, and interviews puts yourself out there with chances of rejection at every turn. That’s hard.


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