It’s easy to get frustrated when you’re looking for a job. You see an ad, apply, and then wait around for weeks or months before hearing back that your application wasn’t perfect enough. But I’ve been there too—and it took me a year and six months of rejection before I finally found success in my career. In this post, I’ll share my story with you so that maybe someday yours doesn’t have such a long road ahead of you!
After graduating from Delta State University, I served my country Nigeria for just a year then worked for a month as an ICT officer for a consulting firm in order to save money to serve a volunteering two years full-time mission, after 2 years of volunteering full-time missionary service, I got married 2 months and five days later to my beloved wife, I was still squatting with my parents when we got married and we continued squatting with them for two more month, afterwards we got an apartment in Asaba, Nigeria where I continued looking for a job in the digital marketing industry. At the time, there were plenty of jobs available but I did not get any interviews but was very positive while my pregnant wife was worried because we were expecting a baby👶.
The reason why I didn’t get interviews could be that, my resume wasn’t good enough! 😕 or maybe 🤔 I was not a good fit.
The job hunt
After I applied to over 200 jobs, then I lost count, I had no interviews. But none of them resulted in a job offer. I was disappointed, but remained determined to find work that would fulfill my dream of becoming a provident provider for my family, friends and others.
I learned how important it is not only to be persistent but also patient in your job hunt—and how important persistence can be when you’re pursuing something as elusive as finding success in the workplace.
Exactly One year and Six Months later
One year and Six months after my job rejections, I was hired on as an Administrative Assistant with The Incorporated Trustees of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. While this didn’t happen overnight and it took some time to find the right fit for me, it was definitely worth it. After all, I have been with this company for over 3 years now and love what I do 😃.
I have learned from my experience as well: when you’re fighting for something that matters to you—even if it doesn’t seem like much at first—you can get through anything!
My story goes to show that it may take a while to find the right fit, but when you do, the good news is you’ll know it’s for you.Kosin Oghenekaro Edafe
My story goes to show that it may take a while to find the right fit, but when you do, the good news is you’ll know it’s for you.
I was working as a volunteer for a non-profit organization and was interested in taking the plunge to apply for a full-time role. After several months of rejection letters from potential employers, I decided to give up on my job search and start my own blog business. In October 2015, I started creating contents for my website “hussletips.com” (an online publication dedicated to inspire, inform and educate), earning few dollars per month—not bad!
I hope that my story inspires you to keep going on your journey, even when the road is difficult. The reward at the end of the day is worth it!