You most likely had a dream job growing up.
However, life doesn’t always go according to plan. Failures and rejections are all part of the human experience.
So, how do we know when to keep or stop chasing a dream job? How do we cope when it happens?
Don’t Quit After the First Rejection
If it’s something you truly want, don’t give up on your dream after you get rejected the first time.
Rather, stay persistent.
You can even send a “thank you” email that expresses your gratitude for the opportunity to apply.
Be sure to send the note within 24-48 hours. Doing so can leave a favorable impression, increasing your chances of being considered for a position in the future.
Ask How You Can Improve
If you notice the tell-tale signs that you’re not likely to get the job (like the lack of interest or the recruiter only offering vague details about the position) during an interview, ask for feedback from the hiring manager afterwards.
For instance, you may lack skills in a certain area or you may need to brush up on your oral communication skills.
Whatever it is, do not take it personally.
Instead of giving up, act on the feedback to increase your chances of landing the job.
Acknowledge if Your Goal Might Not Be Possible (for Now)
But what if you try and try and never succeed?
What happens then? Should you just give up?
Well, recognizing that your life goals might be impractical (at least, for now) is often the hardest step.
You need to sit down and be honest with yourself.
Think about why you cannot achieve your dream job at the moment.
What factors led to the rejection?
Afterwards, evaluate the factors you have control over and make the necessary changes to make your dream job more attainable.
Lastly, just because you were rejected doesn’t mean you are not capable. It simply means someone may have been a better fit at the time.
Consider Your Other Goals
It may be discouraging—even draining—to recognize that your current goal is unattainable.
However, don’t spend too much time and resources on this one dream.
Letting go of your “impossible” dream, especially if it drags you down, frees you up to focus on your other goals and objectives.
You might realize that not all hope is lost and that rejections can redirect you to new dreams.
Quitting is Not (Always) Losing
While we often hear that you should never quit, this belief can be a double-edged sword.
This is part of the reason why most people get stuck in toxic relationships or work environments.
Knowing when to quit gives you a chance to reflect on what you really want in life.
Thus, you have a clearer idea of what to do.
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