You could have accolades from all your peers and professors. You could be top of your class, beyond brilliant,and have quite the impressive resume. HOWEVER, if you never send that resume out to anyone, no one is going to know that. If you want a job, you better believe 100% that you not only deserve it, but can do it better than the majority of other people.
I get it. That kind of confidence is scary.
“I don’t even have the confidence to talk on the phone to the pizza guy, Dana. How do you expect me to have the confidence to apply to all these jobs that are way out of my league?”
If that’s you, don’t worry! So many applications are online nowadays, and the worst thing you’ll face is a rejection letter in your inbox. I apply to things on a regular basis, from small writing gigs to prose submissions to jobs. And if I’m being really honest, I get rejected a lot. People seem to think I just have all these great opportunities fall on my lap, but what they don’t realize is that there is a trail of rejection letters behind every acceptance letter I receive.
You need to have enough confidence in yourself to not let all the rejection let you down. Rejection is not something to be ashamed of. Rejection teaches you to humble yourself and work even harder so the next time you see a “CONGRATULATIONS” rather than a “Thank you for your application. Unfortunately…” I know rejection isn’t fun, but it’s absolutely critical for anyone who wants to go places in the world. So send those letters out and have confidence in yourself while you do. No matter what happens, know that it’s not the end of the world. For every fifty doors shuts there’s still one more at the end of the tunnel, that’s even better than all the others combined.