On the Job Hunt, 'Rejected' Is Not 'Ejected'

On the Job Hunt, 'Rejected' Is Not 'Ejected'
From Recruiter - September 28, 2016

As a writer, I dont make it a point to talk about my life because its not all about me. However, Ive noticed a trend in recruiting and hiring today that strikes a chord with me: a high level of discouragementamong job seekers.

I often hear this pain from my college students (i.e., millennials)this fear that there is nothing out there, that they are not talented enough, that no one older than30 wants to listen to them.

I hear it from older professionals, too, who dont see themselves as valuable anymore.

Obviously, even the term millennial makes a young person feel singled out. Eliminate the label. There have been articles on baby boomers, Gen. X, Gen. Y, and now the millennials. Human labels sell books. Books bring in revenue. You are already participating in the beautiful economic reality by being labeledso ignore it.

Im between the last of the baby boom generation and the beginning of Generation X. I once held a tenured teaching position at a strong universityguaranteed success by all standards. I wrote papers, built a pretty nice reputation among my students and academic peers, wore various titles like colognebut I left that life by choice. It wasntbecause I dont admire the academyI always did and still do. It was because I needed the adventure of cutting my own road.

I did that two years ago, and I have since earned precisely 83 rejections from recruiters and committees. Eighty-three failed applications, with more sure to come.

Thats okay.

Now, before any readers raise their left hands and place them on their foreheads with their forefingers pointing straight up and their thumbs 90-degrees out, casting the Loser sign on this writer, let me smile and tell you what Ive learned from all this rejection:

1. Tell Us What You Know; Not Where Youve Been

Recruiters have seen it all. Every name-drop organization that exists, they know about it. Its great that you volunteered for a health/wellness agency or won a big scholarship, but what do you know?

If you doubt me, ask yourself, What am I really good at doingI mean really good? Was it easy to answer that question? If you cant answer itin an application, you cant hold a recruiter responsible for filling in the blank for you.


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