Being rejected for any reason in any aspect of life is complicated. Being rejected constantly becomes a real pain. As I struggle to find projects and clients this year, I often have to deal with rejection.
The first type of rejection is when I see myself taking a job or project, but then it appears I lack the skill for it. Let’s take the last rejection as an example. I was rejected because my “React and Gutenberg skillset doesn’t align with our project needs right now.” Was it my fault for being honest and admitting that I have never worked with these technologies in the production environment? While I did take some courses, do they count? My conscience prevents me from lying, so I go out there and admit I lack these skills. What bothers me is that I feel I would thrive working with these technologies if given a fair chance. But, unfortunately, it seems the world doesn’t work that way.
Sometimes I don’t even go that far because I was rejected by an online testing platform. I openly admit I am pretty bad at solving algorithm tasks, so I often fail online tests. But am I required to know algorithms if I am in charge of building your website? I don’t see it and cannot remember the last time some algorithm saved the day. The hiring process has been broken for so long that nobody even tries to fix it. I could only guess how many quality people weren’t hired just because they failed some ridiculous online test.