On things that matter


We all had a fair share of rejection especially in our job applications. And no matter how hard we try to hide, not think about it or pretend that it’s okay, we are still hurt by the mere fact of rejection.

Thoughts always come to our minds after receiving that confirmation message we’ve been waiting for weeks only to find out that we did not make the application. Thoughts flood like, what went wrong? Am I not good enough?

Most of us think that being rejected in a job application, especially the ones we are eyeing for, lessens our value and makes us feel that we are not good enough. As millennials, we often lose interest or get demotivated easily because of what happened.

I personally had my heart break on a job application. I’m sure a lot of you also felt that feeling when you enter the office building and you already imagined yourself working in that company. It excites us the most just by thinking about it, right? I had the same feeling before and mind you, it was painful.

You know what’s even painful? It’s when I finally decided to take a job that would truly develop my skills and would help me grow in the field that I have taken which I thought I would never venture on when I was deciding my career path before my college graduation.

I got my hopes up in the sky because I believed in myself and in what I can do. But like what I always tell my friends and myself, “There are a lot of opportunities out there,” a comfort statement that would make you feel better even though you’re not.

The thing about being rejected is that the more you get it, the stronger you become. Don’t get me wrong, rejections are inevitable and it’s okay to get a little discouraged or demotivated but do not acquaint yourself and dwell on rejections. Take every one of these as a chance for you to improve yourself.

And when the pain of rejection cuts right through, I indulge myself until it hurts no more. And when it doesn’t hurt you anymore, that’s the time when to stand up with a game face on. Always remember that at the end of the day, it’s always your personal gain and never a loss. That’s what matters.



Mike Halili is a co-founder of The Diarist Projects. He believes that writing is a way of connecting one’s thoughts and feelings. He hopes that this platform would inspire and help others the way writing has helped him.

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