Why you didn’t get the job

Earlier this month I needed to hire one more employee to work in the fitness center. The week prior I happened to get an e-mail from a student asking for a job. I knew she would be a good fit, so she got it.

Yesterday I got three e-mails from students asking for the same job. Since I already have a full staff, they didn’t get it.

It would be silly for those three students to spend time wondering what’s wrong with them. Are they incompetent? Do I not like them? Are they fated to a life of rejection? Of course not — the timing was just unlucky in this case.

Once you realize that most instances of career rejection work like this, you can move on. You can move on to the most rational and productive response there is:

Keep trying. Keep failing. Keep improving.


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