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Rejection.

Normal human beings do not like it, but not liking something does not mean you should be afraid.  Rejection is part of any job search. 

The key is not to allow your dislike to cascade into fear and avoidance.  So, do not even think about being rejected.  Redirect your energies into preparing for each job interview.

” So, do not even think about being rejected.  Redirect your energies into preparing for each job interview.”

John G. Self

Here are five fundamental steps every applicant should take:

  1. Understand what the prospective employer is seeking.  Read and then reread the job description or online posting.
  2. Conduct a self-inventory of your skills; what is your match percentage with the position requirements.  If it is not at least 80 percent of what they are asking for, do not apply.   
  3. Focus on your signature strengths.  Develop examples of success for each
  4. Develop questions you would ask if you were the hiring authority. Then rehearse
  5. Identify the issues you hope they do not ask.  Be prepared.