Stages of reacting to not getting a job you thought surely you'd get
Maybe they'll call tomorrow. Maybe they have just one more interview to do.
How could I not get the job? It's the most qualified I've been for a position in a month!
3. Beating yourself up.
I shouldn't have curled my hair. I shouldn't have made that joke. I shouldn't have held open the door for him. I should have been more in awe. I should have been less in awe.
4. Catastrophic thinking.
Great, I'll never get a job, my unemployment will run out and I'll never have any autonomy again. Might as well decide what to study so I can be miserably employed like a real grown-up.
5. Telling your mom that no, you didn't lose the job because you're not "a man supporting a family."
She exited the job market when I was born, back when "Help Wanted" was divided into male and female categories. Still, she seems to have missed, among other things, that women are heads of households as much as men anymore.
"We'll keep your resume on file." Yeah, the little round one on the floor with the lunch wrappers in it.
7. Life takes over.
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