Rejections and non-responses can have a serious effect on your confidence and self-esteem. How can you combat these feelings effectively and keep applying?
Finding a remote job can be a long and arduous process. Since remote companies put a lot of stake in trust, they take their time to vet candidates and the reality is that this leads to a lot of rejection letters. You may feel that you suit a remote work listing to a T, but the company may have someone specific in mind, have a requirement they don't mention in their listing, or feel that you aren't the right culture fit.
Getting rejection after rejection, if you even receive feedback from the company at all, can be frustrating and disheartening. This is especially true if you're experienced and have done your best to cater your application to the listing requirements.
This is why it's so important for the remote work hopeful to stay positive and make sure they keep trying. While much easier said than done, the key to finding a remote job is consistency.
We've put together some actionable tips that will help you deal with rejection on the job hunt and ways to stay motivated:
1. Create An Application Routine
Looking for a new job, especially a remote one, is practically a full-time job. It's common for job seekers to apply for open roles in one or two big bursts and then to burn out, especially if they hear nothing back.
The best way to avoid this burnout is to make a schedule for your job applications. Set 30 minutes aside every two days to look at open listings and send in your resume. Instead of attacking the job hunt in one big chunk, break it up into smaller, more consistent parts.
2. Set Realistic Goals
Remote work is a very different beast to normal corporate work with more flexible terms, but if you want to make the change a long-term one you'll need to set achievable goals. Be wary of people promising overnight success or too good to be true results.
Having "GET HIRED" as your only goal can be exhausting and demotivating when you can't achieve it within the timeline you have set for yourself. Spare yourself the heartache and focus on short-term goals like sending out five applications, fixing up your LinkedIn, or pitching a client if you're a freelancer. The key is that when you're trying to eat an elephant, you have to go bite-by-bite.
Finding a remote job and making it through the extensive interview process can take some time - try to be patient.
3. Stay Organized
When you're sending out a lot of job applications at the same time, it's easy to get confused about what you've applied to, what roles have been filled, and who you need to follow up with. Make sure you are noting down these details somewhere you can refer back to.
If you've set goals for yourself, you need to keep yourself to them too. Hold yourself accountable, and make sure you have all the right information when you're applying. You don't want to confuse two companies, email the wrong person, or make another avoidable mistake.
4. Practice Self-Care
Looking for a job is a road that is fraught with emotional stress and exhaustion. This makes practicing self-care more important than ever. Your job search may take up a lot of your time and you'll find yourself skipping out on things you love because you feel like you should be doing applications instead. This is a mistake that can contribute to burnout.
Make sure that you're still taking the time to enjoy hobbies, time with friends and family, and doing things that make you happy. Stress-relieving and affirmative practices like meditation can be particularly beneficial. Self-care looks different to everybody, but we suggest making time to disconnect from tech for an hour or two on occasion to recharge.
Finding a remote job is a difficult but worthwhile goal. Some prefer to alleviate the pressures of landing a role at a remote company by working with a professional coach and recruiter. Whether you decide to or not, it's important to follow some or all of the steps in this article to help you on your job-hunting journey. Remember that this search, however long, is temporary and consistency will help you get a foot in the door.