Rejection? It comes with the territory of being a creative professional, but it never feels good. Instead of letting it tear you down, learn how to deal with rejection and use it to make you and your work stronger.
Your resume and cover letter are in tip-top shape. You feel strongly qualified for the positions you apply to. You don’t have trouble landing an interview. But you can’t seem to get a job offer.
“What am I doing wrong?” you ask yourself. There’s likely a disconnect between how you think you come off in an interview and how potential employers are seeing you. Or perhaps you’re having a crisis of confidence. With a little improvement to your interviewing skills, you can show potential employers the real you and improve your chances of landing that dream job.
When applying for a job, aim to present yourself as a highly qualified candidate – not a comedian. Yes, having a sense of humor can be helpful to your career, but there’s a time and place for it.
While it’s acceptable to inject a little personality into your resume and cover letter, don’t fill your application materials with jokes or sarcasm. Humor doesn’t always translate well on paper, so it’s generally best to stick to the facts.
Whether it was committing a careless error or taking the wrong job altogether, every creative professional has made a career mistake. Here, five creatives share their biggest blunders and what they learned from them.