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Career counseling #13 : what to do when you`re rejected

Greg is back.

He is still job hunting, but things are improving. A couple of weeks ago, he gave computerized tests (logic, creative, personality, technical etc.) for a job in the public sector, as a director of … something. It`s a very long title in an institution with a very long name so I cannot say it even if I was trying to remember it.

Unfortunately, he failed those tests. He passed 31 of the 33 tests that he took. Yes…33 tests (in one day). It was a very long day for

He also had a job interview over Skype for a policy research position in the non-governmental sector. He had a few problems with the connection: his webcam didn`t work, the sound on his side wasn`t great. He couldn`t her perfectly some of the questions so he started rambling about things not related to it. Despite of these setbacks, Greg believed that the interview went great and he waited and waited (…and waited) for a response (negative or positive) and feedback on the interview. He didn`t receive it (so far).

He received also many rejection emails. From the UN, from companies and NGOs, from everywhere Greg ever applied. He`s happy of that. Greg believes that, at least, now he knows exactly from where has to receive the answers or call to interviews.

For the UN, the criteria that he didn`t meet was that his university is not the IAU/UNESCO list.

Finally, Greg received a call last look (from a company based in Switzerland) for a phone interview that is supposed to take place this week. I`m keeping my fingers crossed for him.

Advice (directly) from Greg: “you have to keep your spirit up and find your passion while job hunting. When you`ll find your passion, you`ll know what you have to do”.