Rejection is part of the process
Finding a job often means applying to over thirty positions at a time, and hearing nothing back, which can be disheartening when a lot of time and effort has gone into the applications.
Knock-backs like these helped me realise that a great grade and work that you’re really proud of doesn’t guarantee you’ll walk straight into a graduate role. I found that making a list of the jobs I applied for, and keeping notes on whether I heard back from them, stopped me from feeling like I was drowning in applications.
Contact companies that aren’t hiring, too
For my final project, I created a collaboration with Depop to encourage young consumers to adopt more conscious consumption habits. For me, the ultimate goal was to secure a job with Depop, and continue doing what I loved with a company I really valued.
I checked LinkedIn religiously, waiting for my dream role to pop up. But then I took the plunge and sent my portfolio to them. No job came of it, but they did take the time to thank me for my interest and tell me to keep an eye out for future roles.
Making the effort to show interest in a company’s work led to other exciting and valuable experiences. I secured two internships with LWPR and LOVE by reaching out via email or attending their portfolio review open day.
Contacting the companies that weren’t hiring proved to be really beneficial. You might not hear back, but instead, you might get valuable feedback on your portfolio, or potentially be kept on record for future roles.