After I finally earned my Bachelors degree, I started to really search for a graphic design job. And it was hard. I applied for a job within my company but was turned down. This put a major damper on my view of my abilities. I was sad and disappointed. But, after working almost nine years in manufacturing, I was ready to start making a living and do something more.
So, I applied for yet another job within the company. One where I felt I really didn’t have a lot of experience, but I was willing to learn. I applied for a few other design jobs outside the company and slowly over the end of summer, I had a few interviews.
This is where the tough choices came in. I hadn’t heard from my company (the last email I got from the recruiter made it seem like hiring was on hold). But I finally did and to my surprise, I was offered the position. Not having heard back from an of my design interviews, I had just assumed that I didn’t get either. (Surprise, surprise said my self doubt.)
A few weeks into that job, and got a call from both design companies, offering me a position. What the what?! Needless to say, I now have a design job, and it was incredibly difficult to have to turn one down. But, it was a huge boost to my moral, knowing that I could do it. Jonathan kept telling me it was their loss when I didn’t get the first job. And it took me months to feel this way. But to which now I can say:
“Rejection doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough; It means the other person failed to notice what you have to offer.”