If you follow my blog you will know that I recently relocated with my partner to another city, I wrote about this on my post Changing Rooms. This change meant that I needed to find new work and although I adored my colleagues, I was going to take this as a positive opportunity to look for work that interests me.
Finding work took longer than I was expecting. Of course it was nice to have free time, but my partner and I were keen to start our new life and work towards our goals. One of the main reasons we moved was because we wanted to buy our own place (as London house prices are off the charts) but we couldn’t achieve this until I found work.
I started applying for jobs that I thought may interest me. I didn’t want a job that killed my soul little by little everyday, but I also knew that I wanted to crack on with life! It started well and I was invited to attend two interviews. I knew that I could do these jobs and felt that my interviews had gone well. Unfortunately I was not offered either of these positions. Apparently I was too reserved.
I found part time work in a marketing office which was a start. With it being part time and only temporary, I knew it wasn’t meant to be forever but it was a frustrating situation to be in. The role wasn’t particularly challenging, but it did give me a little extra and being part time, it meant that I could be available to attend interviews in the week.
An interview came along for a job that I really wanted! I was so excited by the idea of this role! I was given a couple of tasks to complete prior to my interview and I actually enjoyed doing them! After my interview, I sent an email to the company further expressing my interest and dedication to the role, then I waited to hear from them. I spent the week constantly checking my phone and emails and still I heard nothing. It wasn’t until I contacted them again for feedback that they decided to inform me via email reply that I had not got the job. This was so upsetting, especially considering that I was so passionate about the role.
Their reason for not hiring me was that they wanted somebody with more experience. This was frustrating as they had seen my cv before inviting me to the interview. They also seemed very impressed with the tasks that I had completed. To say that I felt discouraged is an understatement. All I needed was for that one person to believe in me, see my potential and give me the opportunity. This was actually the motivation behind my post: Rejection.
I allowed myself to dwell for a moment. Then I had to pick myself up and move on. I didn’t have any other option. I believed in myself, I just needed somebody else to. I couldn’t understand why people were not seeing all the I knew I could give!
It felt like forever, but finally, two more interviews came along, coincidentally they were both on the same day. It was time to step up my game. I had to keep putting myself out there and I couldn’t allow anything to hold me back. In order to impress, I had to radiate confidence! I had to sell myself, because I realised that unfortunately often others won’t believe in me unless I make them!
Again, I thought my interviews had gone well, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up like the previous time. The phone didn’t ring once, it rang twice! I wasn’t offered just one job, I was offered two! I thought to myself, how funny life is! I had been looking for one job all that time without success, and then two jobs come at once!
I took a lot from this journey. I learnt that persistence is key and believing in yourself even when others don’t is essential. I learnt how annoying it can be when a job is so close but not close enough, but I also learnt to keep pushing myself. Never doubt your abilities and don’t let set backs stop you from trying again and again. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to get to your destination, it just matters that you get there eventually. Sometimes all it takes is for somebody to see that spark in you, but when they don’t see it, keep shining.
When others cannot see your greatness, know your greatness!
It was decision time!