If anyone understands rejection, it's Sir Richard Branson. All you have to do is look up motivational quotes by this world-famous billionaire and you'll see many of them have to do with the importance of surviving failure. He truly believes it's the cornerstone of success as an entrepreneur. However, many of us don't want to start or run our own companies. We'd just like to land a killer job with our dream employer. Well, it turns out, Branson has some pretty fabulous advice around that too...
Like It Or Not, You're A Business-of-One
If you think about it, there are no real employees anymore. That term was for the days when you went to work for a company for twenty years, climbed the ranks, and retired with a gold watch and pension plan. Today, every job is temporary. We're all businesses-of-one that must sell our services to employers many times throughout our careers. They say the average person will have anywhere from 9 to 27 jobs in their lifetime. And, more jobs searches mean more rejections! Getting comfortable with "no" is now part of the process of building a successful career. And, if you look at each job opportunity as a business opportunity, then Branson offers some very smart advice:
"Business opportunities are like buses, there's always another one coming." - Richard Branson
The best way to get over job rejection is to look for ten more job opportunities. Unlike marriage, there's more than one dream employer for each person. All you have to do is go out and find them. The sooner you get busy looking for another employer, the sooner you can put the loss behind you. Wallowing in self-pity won't work, but finding a new employer to love will.
P.S. - Remember, just because the employer said "no" doesn't mean they would never hire you. They just picked someone they thought was a bit better for the role at this time. Learning how to stay on their radar for the next job opportunity is one way to use the relationship you've started to your advantage. The key is to step back and reflect on what happened so you can be strategic in how you try to land their next open position. How you respond to job rejection can make all the difference!