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The ten stages of CV rejection grief

Posted by: Intouch | 14.11.16

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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.