I've had a winding career path, complete with long-distance moves and changing industries. So, I've had a lot of experience applying to — and losing out on — roles at various companies.
Being turned down is always disappointing. I once had a hiring manager call me — and send a follow-up letter — explaining that I did a great job and only lost out because my competition had 10 more years of experience. While he was thoughtful, I was still upset.
On the other side of the spectrum, I've also been burned on the job search — big time. Like having a company steal my work then ghost me, or keep me hanging on for months only to decide not to fill the role at all.
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It probably goes without saying, but the latter two experiences made me want to give up. But, since I needed to work, that wasn't an option. So, I had to learn how to keep going, even when I was feeling really disheartened about the whole process.
Here's what I kept in mind to keep going: