On Not Getting the Job: Rejection, (Wavering) Confidence and "It’ll Work Out"

“Be flexible,” she said.

Thank God I managed my expectations, because I didn’t get the job.

Continue reading “On Not Getting the Job: Rejection, (Wavering) Confidence and "It’ll Work Out"”


Job Hunting Is Kind of Like Dating

Working from home.

A lot of people ask me, ‘How did you have the courage to walk up to record labels when you were 12 or 13 and jump right into the music industry?’ It’s because I knew I could never feel the kind of rejection that I felt in middle school. Because in the music industry, if they’re gonna say no to you, at least they’re gonna be polite about it.         

                                                                                                             -Taylor Swift

Continue reading “Job Hunting Is Kind of Like Dating”

Rejected by Google in Philadelphia

Ben Franklin on a park bench in Philly.
“So, why should I hire you?”

It is noon. I’m sitting in the colonial style lobby of the Best Western Independence Park Hotel, surrounded by the trappings of early 19th century genteel living: there’s a marble and wood-paneled fireplace, next to which is a heavy wooden easel displaying a framed, yellowed map of North America circa 1800. A faded tapestry depicting an 18th century hunting scene hangs above the computer, which was until ten minutes ago, occupied by an elderly gentleman in faded denim shorts.  Continue reading “Rejected by Google in Philadelphia”