Don’t Be Afraid of the Word “No”

No. This is sometimes the most terrifying word in the English language. Many of us are so afraid of the word “no” that we never reach our goals or fulfill our dreams. But no doesn’t necessarily have to be a negative word. No can actually free you instead of restricting you if you change your mindset. Receiving a “no” can lead you down a better path and free you from making the same mistake twice. 

Job search, like sales, is a numbers game. Odds are that you will hear “no” more often than would hear a “yes”. Here are three simple rules for dealing with rejection: 

  1. Accept the fact that you will get rejected during your job search, because everyone does at one point or another. Receiving a “no” means that you’re trying, which is a good portion of the battle.  
  2. Shake it off. Being rejected from a job opportunity doesn’t change anything about you and, at the end of the day, generally isn’t personal. You can move on with your life and take all of your valuable accomplishments with you. 
  3. Choose to have a positive mindset. This can make all the difference. Before and after an interview, give yourself a pep-talk with kind words and affirmations. 
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