Coronavirus: I acquired a job after 280 rejections

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If you need an thought of simply how robust the job market is correct now, ask Hannah Webb. She was made redundant throughout lockdown and it took her 280 makes an attempt to get a brand new job.

Latest figures present UK unemployment reached its highest stage for 2 years, with these aged 16 to 24 struggling the largest drop in employment.

“I was pretty much waking up every day to a rejection email. It was devastating,” 23-year-old Hannah tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

“But I knew the tough time would end, and I would find work within six months.”

‘Applying for all the things and something’

Hannah’s earlier job was in careers recommendation – a state of affairs that felt bitterly ironic.

“Having been working in careers, I was then questioning my ability to support people into work when I was struggling to find work.”

She naturally began making use of for roles inside that space.

“But I realised the market was so tough and I was just getting rejection after rejection.”

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That’s when she determined to “broaden the search, applying for everything and anything”.

“From retail sales and warehouse roles, to delivery driving, you name it and I was applying for it,” she says.

‘I cried myself to sleep worrying’

Hannah’s “devastation” on the fixed rejections was made worse realizing she had two younger youngsters to assist.

“I can’t count the amount of times I cried myself to sleep worrying about how I would do next week’s food shop.”

But that desperation “to provide” made her imagine she would ultimately discover work.

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“There is nothing I would have said no to at that point in time, so I knew deep down I was doing everything I could for them.”

“The only thing I could do was reassure myself that I would find work, and stay consistent with my applications,” she provides.

Learning from rejection

You may be questioning what modified for Hannah to lastly get a job greater than 280 purposes later.

After asking for suggestions – which she recommends everybody do – Hannah realised she was underselling herself.

“At the start, I was anxious and uptight, trying to portray myself as this super professional. I wasn’t letting my personality shine through.

“And they would not have purchased into me as a result of I did not imagine what I used to be saying within the interview.”

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To build her confidence, she started listing five things she was good at and why she was good at them.

“I used to be sort to myself and that made certain I knew what I used to be good at.”

It’s fair to say the change worked for her. She’s finally got a job, back in careers advice.

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Image caption ‘The best thing about Zoom interviews is you can have your notes to the side’

Hannah’s job search has been a positive in her new role – giving ideas she regularly draws on.

“It gave me a hands-on expertise of how our psychological well being drops, the self-doubt that creeps in.”

What advice does she now give to people that come to her?

“I do know what it feels wish to be rejected. So it is about pushing on and realizing you are able to do it.”

“Be sort to your self that you’ve the talents and skills for the roles you are making use of for,” she provides.

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