Ask DN: Has not getting a job you applied for ever been a positive in your career?

over 7 years ago from Lucas Cobb, Corporate Marketing Web Manager at Blackbaud, Inc.

  • Ethan BondEthan Bond, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    I was turned down for an internship that I really wanted, then re-applied a year later and got it. What was a remarkably challenging, fast-paced, and enjoyable internship for 19 year old me probably would have been absolutely grueling and disheartening for 18 year old me. So I think it was unequivocally positive in those terms

    Rejections themselves are inherently non-negative. A rejection is (at the very least) saving you from working with people who don't want to work with you. Take that knowledge and either a) refine what you are looking for, or b) refine what they are looking for.

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    • Lucas CobbLucas Cobb, over 7 years ago

      Do you feel they took into account that you had applied previously and progressed over the course of the next year?

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      • Ethan BondEthan Bond, over 7 years ago

        Probably. I was fortunate enough to receive a little bit of feedback after my first rejection, but it took a lot of introspection to find out where I went wrong.

        My second application was a chance to display the effort I put in to both introspection/self-awareness as well as growth/learning. I ended up interning there twice and am headed there full-time in a few months!

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