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Disheartened. How do you stay motivated?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by shoeshopper, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. shoeshopper

    shoeshopper New commenter

    Dear all,
    had an interview today and didn’t get the job. This is the third observed lesson and interview I’ve had and not got the job. There has many many applications prior to this. The feedback today was that my interview and lesson were very good. However, there was a better candidate. I have some other information about answers I could have added more to. I feel really quite disheartened and tired of job hunting. How do you motivate yourself to keep going? Thanks in advance.
  2. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    It’s hard. I don’t know your circumstances or how quickly you need/want to move to fresh fields, but the whole application/interview process can be extremely emotionally draining and sometimes you need to take a break from it.
    Think carefully about exactly what it is you want and focus on applying for those jobs - don’t expend energy on applying for anything which isn’t a good fit.
    Resilience is definitely required in job-hunting these days. You have to find ways to bounce back once you’ve come to terms with your disappointment. No experience is ever wasted, so think what you can take away from the process which was positive.
    All the best!
    digoryvenn likes this.
  3. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Perhaps you should try teaching overseas.
  4. judeybabs

    judeybabs New commenter

    I had my third rejection today as well. Y feedback was that they aPointed someone who was already doing the job somewhere else! Surely then they could see that from my cv so why bother to interview. I feel like giving up as well. Hate the whole process
  5. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    For the sake of argument, imagine that all applicants are of exactly equal merit. Imagine also 20 applications for each job and 4 being shortlisted. Then on average you'll be shortlisted for 1 in 5 jobs and you'll succeed in 1 in 4 interviews.
    The application and selection processes aren't entirely lotteries but they are not very scientific either. So don't be disheartened at a handful of unsuccessful attempts.
    BetterNow likes this.
  6. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    You've got a long way to go before you beat my record of 13 unsuccessful job interviews in a row.

    Don't give up yet.
    BetterNow likes this.
  7. mgt754

    mgt754 New commenter

    I agree the whole process is completely energy sapping and disheartening. I have failed now coming up to 10 times at trying to get a head of department position. What I dislike is the fact that as a candidate we have to put hours and hours into preparing for a lesson, interview practise, intray exercise, data analysis tasks, etc and the only feedback after failure is your answers were a little woolly! I asked for the feedback to be written and sent so that I could hone my answers, prepare even more and was given the reply, that they "haven't got the time!" A complete imbalance of putting time and effort into the tasks that they want us to do....but then maybe a positive for me as it shows maybe that they don't really care for staff well-being.
    Gut retching! Meh!
    roman_eagle likes this.

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