The ten stages of CV rejection grief

CV rejection grief

Pitching for business is a big part of being a successful Limited Company contractor, after all it’s how you bag those clients and all important contracts. But here at Intouch we like to mix it up a little bit, and see the humour in what it’s really like to work for yourself.

 

So please, sit back, enjoy, and take our blog on the ten stages of CV rejection with a very big pinch of salt. After all, we’re sure everyone can all identify with at least one of these stages!

 

1. Denial

There’s no way your potential client would have said ‘no’ to hiring you. Maybe they’ve lost your CV, or maybe mistaken you for someone else?

 

You hold out in hope that they’ve made a terrible mistake, and are soon to rectify this unexplainable situation with an offer and extravagant apology…

 

2. Obsession

You refresh your email inbox so many times that you develop an email obsession.

 

With your Apple watch buzzing every five minutes and your phone flashing at you demanding your attention, it’s tough not to take a peek (even if it is spam).

 

3. Paranoia

You start to wonder if the client has been struck by lightning, kidnapped, or worse – lost their internet connection. You begin to worry about their wellbeing, even though you’ve never met them.

 

Trawling their personal Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts has become a daily occurrence, in the quest for signs of life.

 

4. Disbelief

Wait a minute! The client has just shared a hilarious cat video, clearly demonstrating both vital life signs and successful internet usage. In your overly excited euphoric state, you must resist the urge to like, share or comment on the post.

 

But before you hit that ‘post’ button, remember! Social stalking is creepy, so resist the urge…

 

5. Envy

A contracting colleague posts a recent project with accompanying glowing testimonial from said client you’re trying to impress. You instantly delete all forms of contact with your colleague and deny all knowledge of ever knowing them.

 

What about the unwritten code of contractor brother / sisterhood, how could they?

 

6. Anger

You see other contractors’ work which they’ve completed for said client, and know you could do a better job.

 

Anger takes over and you begin to question whether the client has undergone a recent lobotomy.

 

7. Contradiction….whatever

Actually, the client doesn’t deserve you or your skills, and by not getting back to you they’ve done you a massive favour.

 

You didn’t want to work for them anyways…..(silently scowls).

 

8. Bargaining

After much deliberation and soul searching, you realise that it might have been your fault.

 

You re-read the job specification and the response you gave, checking whether every word articulated your skills and professionalism as you had hoped.

 

Maybe it was your latest LinkedIn photo that put them off? One of your mates told you it was a great photo, but recent events have left you questioning your friendship…

 

9. Depression

That’s it, you’re never approaching another client for work ever again.

 

You start to google ‘professional cat trainer’ as that was your dream career as a child. There must be a demand for it somewhere…

 

10. Acceptance

You’ll never win every contract you apply for, and the sooner you realise this the sooner you can stop beating yourself up over it.

 

Maybe you’re too qualified, or not qualified enough, or maybe the client has moved the goalposts since you applied. Whatever the circumstances, you’ve chosen a career in contracting for a reason, so don’t ever let rejection stop you from doing what you do best – being the contracting superstar that you are!

 

Got a funny contracting emotion you’ve experienced? Share them with us! We’d love to read them.

 

This blog has been prepared by Intouch Accounting. While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained in this blog has been obtained from reliable sources, Intouch is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. This blog should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional accounting advisers. If you have any specific queries, please contact Intouch Accounting.

The nomadic contractor – working on the move

The nomadic contractor

A particular benefit of contracting is that it’s not usually location dependent. So if you have to travel during a contract, with good communication and planning, it’s possible to get the work completed whilst on the move.

 

Here are some ideas to help you be as productive (if not more so) when travelling and contracting.

 

Have the right equipment to do the job

 

We all want to travel light and with today’s technology you don’t need to carry a laptop. A smartphone and tablet may be adequate, especially if you invest in a gadget like the ZAGG Pocket Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard.

 

Worried about power on the go? Two USB ports mean the Go Travel Worldwide USB adaptor can charge multiple devices at the same time in 150 countries.

 

Need internet access wherever you are? Download the WiFi Finder app which searches for nearby paid and free wifi hotspots, saving excessive data charges.

 

Avoid data loss disasters by saving all work in the cloud and protect your equipment with high-quality cases like those from Tech21.

 

But what if you lose your bags and equipment? Prevent disastrous luggage loss using Eviate – tracks your bag and alerts you if it goes astray.

 

Plan your working time as well as your down time

 

If you can, try to stick to your usual working hours when travelling. For distraction free working on the go, make sure you pack noise reduction headphones. If your mode of transport does not have internet access or phone signal it can be a great place to get your head down for a few hours and get that report or project completed.

 

On long car journeys, use the time to make hands-free phone calls.

 

You may be in idyllic surroundings but remember you’re not on holiday! Go exploring only when the work is done.

 

Remember when your client is awake!

 

Don’t lose sight of when your client is awake/asleep/when deadlines are, as undoubtedly their time zone will not be the same as yours. Try an app like World Time Buddy to help keep track of when they’re doing business.

 

Other apps that can help

 

Tripit – lets you create your travel itinerary and share it with your client, so they know where you are and when to expect you back.

 

Remote OK - can find your next contractor job, regardless of where you’re currently based. So if you’re finding it tough to leave that desert island, there’s now a way keep your contractor pay coming in whilst your toes are in the sand.

 

Speedlancer – can turn a travel delay into a nice little earner. Work remotely on jobs that are guaranteed to take no longer than four hours and get paid for them the same day.

 

Choose your communication methods

 

How will you stay in touch with your clients?

 

Video chat apps include Skype, Facetime, Viber, to name but a few, but for business travel, try Peer. The app syncs with LinkedIn so professionals can have a face-to-face way to communicate and connect with each other.
We’ve given you some ideas on how to continue working on a contract whilst travelling.

 

Have you got any tips you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them…

 

This blog has been prepared by Intouch Accounting. While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained in this blog has been obtained from reliable sources, Intouch is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. This blog should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional accounting advisers. If you have any specific queries, please contact Intouch Accounting.