Rejected- Part of the Work at Home Process

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Work at Home RejectedBy Jess Weaver:

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I only started my work at home career a few months ago and I am just now seeing results. I have spent a lot of time filling out WAH applications. A person who wants to work at home must realize this is not an easy process. There are a lot of jobs out there that need workers. But those job positions have thousands of inquiries from potential employees. There may be some applications you fill out and never hear from again. However, my favorite reply from an application I filled out is ” You have been rejected.”

Please note that I have a degree in Elementary Education and spent a long time in college. I am a person who is qualified to teach others to write. It was not until I started working from home that I discovered my niche for writing. Also please note that I am not a person who likes to write for “research.” I quickly found out that each “writing website” has a certain writing style of their own. A few weeks ago I applied to write with wiseGeek and was rejected. I quickly asked her what I could do to improve my writing, so I could have a chance to work with wiseGeek. She simply said that I was an excellent writer, but I did not have the type of writing style they were looking for.

With all of that being said, I have been rejected several times in my search to work at home. At first I was upset but I quickly learned this is  all part of the job search process. I would rather hear back from a company telling me I was rejected, than sit around and wait for a welcome letter. Over the past 10 weeks or so I have tried to work for a couple of companies. I enjoy doing phone work but I cannot do it because of my circumstances. So I was very determined to keep chugging along to find a non-phone job position.

I would encourage rookies and veterans to the Work at Home job search to be diligent. It is true that “good things come to those who wait.” Sometimes it means hanging on to that last thread for just a few more weeks. When you least expect it that dream job is going to come through. Miranda can vouch that I spent hours filling out applications and finally (just recently) got accepted into a wonderful place to work.

Want to know my secret? I am always applying. Although I feel comfortable with where I am now. Things can always change and I want to be prepared. Never give up in your search for a Work at Home job. While this is not an easy road, it is a path many of us are choosing. I always like the saying “You have to have a why to make you wanna cry”. If you are serious about finding a WAH job then you will not give up hope. Surround yourself with a supportive group of people and get cranking at those applications. The time you put into those job applications will pay off in the near future.

Have you found rejection to be part of the work at home job seeking process?

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June 27, 2011 at 9:43 am

Rejections are unfortunately part of the territory, but it’s the same online and off — you won’t get every job you apply for outside the home and you won’t get every job you apply for when you work at home, either. It’s hard not to get discouraged when that happens, but it’s good to realize that even if you’re not a good fit for one company, you most definitely are for another and to keep plugging away at the applications, as you suggested. The right fit will come along if you keep looking for it. Great post, Jess!


June 29, 2011 at 3:37 am

Thanks Anna. You are very right 😉


June 27, 2011 at 10:27 am

I think some people think the work at home job search is going to be easier then a brick and mortar job search.

The economy is still rough and competition is high.

And for me that’s the question that I would love to read the answer.

Miranda Grimm

June 27, 2011 at 11:11 am

Rona, I sometimes wonder if newbies are disillusioned by the fact it probably took them so long just to find the job lead. They probably do not realize their competition- because the job leads can be hard to find if you do not know where to look.

The sad thing is that the slap of rejection often causes so many to think they are not cut out for it and they give up quickly. Although, that only means they probably do not have what it takes to make working at home WORK.

I am hoping more people will understand they have competition across the country and sometimes even around the globe. The competition is steadily increasing too!


June 27, 2011 at 11:36 am

I agree on all points. Like Jess, I am always looking for other work at home jobs just to see what’s out there. I also was rejected by WiseGeek for the same reason. A quick note about phone work… not sure what circumstances prevent you from doing a phone job Jess, but while I too have been trying to pull away from it simply because I’d like to get into something that doesn’t involve using the phone, I have found that out of all the different types of jobs that are out there, jobs that involve phone work seem to pay the best. If you’re unable to do phone work because you have kids, there are several that have flexible schedules so you can work whenever you want, in addition, there are a few companies that you can work for that don’t require traditional phone service.


June 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I can only imagine the sheer determination you need to get through all the rejection… i would love to work at home but just can’t seem to let go of the regular paycheck; I’m afraid of failure and that’s so lame!!! good luck to you!! 🙂


June 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Thanks! I have some awesome things going on. The motivation day to day is the hard part. Also I have two little ones so balancing all of this has been an interesting process.

Katie Jones

June 28, 2011 at 8:51 am

I will admit that I was once one of those newbies who thought that working at home wouldn’t be hard and boy was I wrong! After I finally adjusted my attitude I started seeing that there positions out there that I wasn’t qualified for so I would leave them for the well-qualified however when I come across something I think I would be great at, I am just like you Jess and I am applying, applying, applying!

I appreciate the post, it reminds me us (especially newbies) that rejection is the process, you usually get rejected a couple of times before hitting the lottery!


June 29, 2011 at 3:38 am

haha. I am a newbie too. Thankfully people like Miranda and Anna are here to guide us newbies!