Monday, February 13, 2012

Getting Ignored or Rejected: How to Cope

Woo! Just in time for Valentine's day!!! Just kidding, we aren't talking about that kind of rejection (unless you count number five...).

Being ignored sucks. Being rejected sucks. But, it happens, and somehow, we have to toughen up and get through it. To help out a little bit, we compiled a list of 10 ways to deal with these predicaments. Check them out...

1. Sit in the fetal position and cry until you are out of tears. Or don't. We're not here to tell you how to live your life, we just want to make strong suggestions.
2. Take the time to lie on the couch, eat ice cream straight from the carton, and watch your comfort movie. Clothing is optional.
3. Convince yourself that you were just too good/young/threatening to get the position, or so strikingly amazing that they were afraid to contact you again.
4. Open up a new credit card and partake in some hardcore retail therapy. You can pay for the bills when you get that paych... oh wait...
5. Party until you  a) forget about the rejection or b) pass out. Whichever comes first. We won't judge. (Side note: this also works wonders for guy rejection. A plus side is that you can find a new guy while partying. Yay bad decisions!)
6. Lean on your friends. This is the quickest way to find out who your actual friends are. Real friends are by your side when you're down.
7. Call your mom for an ego boost. She always has to tell you how great and beautiful you are even if it isn't true. That's how I got through middle school. I swear.
8. We're proponents of making playlists for every possible emotion, so turn on your angry music as loud as you can get away with and sing to the lyrics as obnoxiously as you can until it's all out. If you're into trying to find positives, do the same with happy music. But positive thinking is overrated. Kidding.
9. If you're being ignored by your dream company/firm, be persistent. Just keep bugging them until they listen to you. Bonus points for stalking dream employers/camping outside their offices. The latter is a real winner.
10. You're still alive. This is great! Rejection didn't kill you! Now that you have a feel for it, it's going to happen more than once, get back up and try again. The industry loves go-getters.

We hope this lighthearted bit of advice (take that how you will) brings a smile to your face upon the unfortunate event that you are either ignored/rejected. We've both gone through experiences that put us in that position, and quite frankly, it sucks. Our best, most real advice is to keep trying. Get work experience anywhere you can get it and don't be afraid to try again. Like we said in number ten, the industry loves go-getters.


Elise and Jasmine

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