They Said No

I spent way too long crafting a resume and cover letter. Two things I hate doing. I don’t know why, but resumes and cover letters just intimidate and overwhelm me, and so they take me forever to create.

It was after one in the morning when I finally finished up. I closed my laptop and went to bed, knowing I would get up early to double check everything and make sure I hadn’t said anything too crazy or made too many glaring mistakes.

Several times as I worked on the resume and lay in bed wide awake, I wondered what the heck I was doing applying for a job I really have no experience in. I mean, the job description clearly states that they want someone with a degree in the field and experience and a bunch of other stuff I don’t know about or have.

Whitney Donáe - They Said No

But I decided it was time for me to take my own advice. I’m always telling people to just go for it. Apply to the job you want. All they can say is no and maybe think you’re crazy, right? I mean, it’s not like that’s going to kill you or end the world as you know it. It just means that that’s not the job for you. God has something else, and that’s His way of letting you know to keep looking. To keep trying.

But I don’t want to be told no or have people think I’m crazy. Though, if we’re all honest with ourselves, we’re all a little mad here as the Cheshire cat would say. I paused before I hit the send button and reconsidered. Oh what the heck? All they can say is no, and so what if they think I’m crazy. I don’t even know this person so who really cares.

I hit send.

Whitney Donáe - They Said No

A couple of hours later I looked down at my phone and caught my breath. There was a reply. I took a deep breath. Braced myself. Told myself whatever the reply was was okay.

The reply was no.

They were kind. They Explained they wanted someone with a degree and wished me luck.

And you know what? The world didn’t end. I felt relieved. I stepped out of my comfort zone and applied for something that I want to do but am scared to death to do just because I don’t have the degree or the credentials or the experience.

And you know what else? I felt a little less afraid. That no wasn’t that painful. It just meant this job wasn’t for me, and it gave me a little bit more courage for next time.

Whitney Donáe - They Said No