The past months we talked to a lot of women who faced job rejections. Rejection can be shattering to your ego, but we often make it even more painful by blaming ourselves for being rejected. But here is the thing: Rejection is a part of life. What matters is how we deal with it and how we bounce back even stronger.
Let’s be real, a job rejection can be hard, especially when you are trying to break into a competitive job market like the financial sector. It can make you feel deflated, angry, and cause you to lose your motivation and desire to keep interviewing for other career opportunities. I understand that and I (and others) have experienced this disappointment throughout my career as well.
However, it’s important not to let a job rejection keep you from applying for other opportunities. We asked Kimberly van Reisen, to share her story. She faced multiple rejections, before landing her dream job in Investment Banking.
Moral of the story: Know what you are worth, hold on to your goals and see everything as a learning opportunity.
How to land your dream job after multiple rejections?
Name: Kimberly van Reisen
Education: BSc Bedrijfskunde, MSc Finance & Investments
- M&A intern, The Netherlands
- Investment Banking intern at UBS
- Private Equity analyst (Current)
- Next up: Analyst at UBS
Hi Kimberly, You have quite an impressive resume, how did you land your first internship in finance?
Although my Bachelor’s degree was in Business Administration, I had not been introduced to investment banking during the course of this programme. I got in touch with investment banking through the International Banking Cycle event hosted by the Financial Study Association Rotterdam (FSR). After hearing what the job entailed, I decided I wanted to explore whether this job would suit me. Eventually I landed my first internship at ING M&A through a recruitment agency.
And after your first internship you got an offer to do another internship in London in Investment Banking! Why investment banking? And how did you manage to get an offer?
Following my M&A internship at ING, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in investment banking. I had heard that London was one of the main finance hubs, so naturally I was curious and I set out to gain experience there. I applied for the London Banking Tour, where we had a programme of 2 weeks filled with cases and drinks to engage with bulge bracket players based in London, amongst others. After the programme we were faced with intense weeks of interview rounds. However, whilst I was putting every bit of energy into preparing for the interviews (and following my masters’ in parallel) one by one the rejections started coming in. The most difficult part of these rejections was the feedback; “To be honest, we do not have any points of improvement for you, there were simply candidates with more experience”.