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Practice… We’re Talking About Practice?

Today, I’m taking stock of all my recent interviews. I’ve had a bunch lately, whether they be on the phone or in person, and I feel I’m getting much better at them. Yes, I’m talking about practice. When I first started seriously job hunting, I felt anxious before every interview. I would get a little sweaty, my hands would go cold, and I’d get the shakes a bit. I felt this was pretty standard for going into something as important as an interview. I’m sure my symptoms were clearly evident and it could have been a factor in why was passed over in the beginning; however, now I don’t have those traits. I’m much more composed and put together. On top of not exhibiting nerves, I feel excited to go in and talk with people [this could be from the alone time I have now, but I think it’s because I’m genuinely excited about the company I could be potentially working for].

Practice is a key aspect to getting a job. It sucks, to put it bluntly, but it is a part of the process in earning gainful employment. Now, earning employment is different than having it handed to you on a silver platter. I understand networking is crucial in the process and that is fine, but what I’m talking about is the son or daughter of a senior level exec who is gifted a position because of their parents position. That is frustrating, but on the other hand it is invigorating! I know I have amazing ideas to bring to the table, and if I have to work a little harder than someone else… bring it on.

I feel all my interviews have gone well as of late. I have three more coming up the end of this week and the beginning of the next and I’m pumped. I can’t wait to really demonstrate what a solid, enthusiastic addition I’d be to a team.

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-J

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Dealing with Rejection

No one likes to be rejected. Not only is it disappointing, but it completely crushes any hope you had of obliterating the funk you’re in. I always get amped up after I interview–maybe this is a fault of mine [being optimistic]–but I know when I do well, so why not get excited?!

Now, after getting turned down, all is not lost. It may feel terrible and be disheartening, but there are positives to being shut down. First, you’ve gotten solid practice in dealing with the interview process. Second, it got you out of the house. Third, you have avoided an imperfect fit. If you aren’t picked for a job, there is something that didn’t quit work, whether it be the team wanted something different, you wouldn’t have gelled with others, or maybe someone was better than you [it’s not the end of the world]. Regardless, you’ve been saved some stress and misery.

If you’ve made a good impression, you then have 3-4 people who will go to bat for you the next time you apply to that company. Talk about a way to network! Even though there is a lack of instant gratification [something all too common now] the search for a job that fits requires patience and understanding. If you lack these, get another job, one to pay the bills, and then learn patience, learn to be better. Baby steps.

In the words of Jack Sparrow, “Take what ya can, give nothin back.”

-J


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