Graduation is the final moment of the college career and once you walk the stage, you are officially in the “adult” world.
Part of the adult world is applying for numerous jobs. Another part of that world is learning to deal with the inevitable-rejection letters that come with it.
Getting an email that states, “Thank you for the interest you have expressed in the ‘whatever job you applied for.’ We have reviewed your resume and have carefully considered your qualifications. At this time, we have decided to concentrate our attention on other candidates who we believe best meet the current needs of our organization,” is probably one of the worst feelings in your senior year of college. That feeling is made even worse when it is a job that you really wanted. Or when you really need to have an after-graduation plan but nothing seems to be adding up.
For people who have been applying for jobs since the beginning of their spring semester of their senior year, every time they get one of those letters, their hopes start to get smaller and smaller. The want to apply for jobs in locations where they really want to go diminishes. So how do you deal with them?
One of the first things a graduating student has to realize is that those rejection letters will come in surplus over the time you are applying for “grown-up” jobs. Everyone tends to get more rejection than acceptance letters. It is a fact of life. The sooner you realize that, the sooner applying for jobs gets easier. Do not let it get you down.
That is the second thing. When your inbox is flooded with rejection emails or in some cases, no emails with anything on them, do not let it get to you. At the time it may seem like you have no idea what to do and you want to pull your hair out because graduation is just around the corner and you have no safety net. Take a moment to step back and breathe.
Thirdly, if you have come to the point when you feel like every rejection letter you get is weighing you down, because it might feel like that, grab a friend and go see a movie. Or go for a walk or hit the beach. Do something that will take your mind off of job applications and reject letters.
Lastly, have patience. That might be hard to do especially if you are stressing about finding a job to start paying off debts or just trying to afford to live, but it will happen. The moment you get an email or a phone call telling you that you got a second interview or you got the job will make all those rejection letters seem pointless.
Not everyone gets a job straight out of college. According to The Daily Caller back in 2015 just 14 percent of college graduates are hired right after they walk the stage. That number has gone up a couple of points but the majority is still unemployed. To not try because you think you’re not qualified for the job or because it looks like the company is looking for someone else is another story.
Apply to whatever job is in your heart’s content. Sometimes the qualifications or recommendations are optional. Rejection letters should not scare you out of applying for jobs. They are part of a package deal that comes with that fancy new diploma and student debts.