Almost two months of job hunting in a foreign country has its own unique rewards. I’ve learned a lot of things — from constantly counting my meagre dollars, to the insouciant ease of bringing valuables around (thanks to the wonders of the CCTV camera).
Least but most essential, I have successfully gathered the amusing perks of being repeatedly rejected.
Perk #1: Your ego sags
Most of us think we are better off with a less bloated ego. But it’s just difficult to always keep our heads in check. With repeated rejection, the ego goes poof! Like a balloon shrinking in size, our ego let’s go of the notions that supports our self-held theories of personal awesomeness.
Our idea of ourselves is not necessarily reduced to smithereens. Instead, we get a better picture. In my case, I have realized that while I am skilled, I still need more experience, develop my existing skills set, and obtain more aptitude.
Perk#2: More of you’s out there
I am not really a competitive person. I work on becoming competent and is likely to settle with that. Perhaps, it’s because of this orientation that I seldom think about my competition. Looking for a job in a foreign country made me think otherwise. There isn’t just a me in the employment bar; there are also local talents to contend with, some of which possess better insights or longer experience.
Learning this, I have no other choice but to keep on re-evaluating my assets.
Perk #3: More time spent outdoors
I am a legitimate home-buddy. Apart from office or university, I tend to spend most of my time at home. I clean the rooms, the floor — you get the picture. But in a different country, there’s just too much new that sticking indoors is unthinkable.
With the luxury of time, I was able to get around man-made reservoirs, green parks, bridged treetops, Chinatown, and downtown. I saw other foreigners, listened to people’s talk in buses and trains without comprehending a thing.
Perk #4: Oversleep and get guilty
I am not a morning person. I oversleep or wake up pass 9 or 10 in the morning. Frankly, it makes up for being an owl; I seem to exhibit more vigour in the evening than in any sunny part of the day.
Having no successful applications yet, I am able to sleep and wake late and be done with it. I almost automatically feel guilty about it and work hard on compensating by effective job-hunting. 🙂
How about you? Could you think of more perks of being temporarily rejected? It might be not about job-hunting setbacks? Perhaps, rejection within your family, your friends, or social circle?
There is always something more to possessing loss, failure, or rejection. If you agree, will you add your personal quirks, too? 🙂