A post about a heartbreaking rejection for a dream job by a college graduate Jasmine Pak on LinkedIn went viral last week. In fact, it got such a huge response that even LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner responded and later she ended up getting many job offers. “I have been rejected from countless opportunities that I knew I would excel in,” she wrote in her post, and she added that it “came with a stab at my ego, my hope, and my self-worth,” according to cnbc.com. “Don’t let the negativity take over this grueling process… Remember where your passions root from,” her post read.
CEO, Jeff Weiner admired Pak’s inspiring sentiments and thanked her for sharing her experience on LinkedIn. Then he asked, “Curious, what specifically is the dream job you’re looking for?” With the response from Weiner, thousands supported Pak. One of her former supervisors at her alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley, said, “Pak would be a valuable team player in any setting, especially one that would let her utilize her creativity, communication, and production skills.” Another former colleague, from her time as an intern at CBS commented, “Keep up the grind…Nothing worth having comes easy.” She also received around 4000 personal messages on LinkedIn.
“My inbox is completely flooded…Every time I open the app, it just crashes,” Pak told CNBC, adding most are words of encouragement or thanks while others offered professional advice and insight into the recruitment process, the report added. Her post also managed to get a few interview tips from a Google employee, who advised her that it’s imperative to act naturally and show what her personality is like outside of the office. Some spoke to her about specific job opportunities, mostly for sales positions, she said, adding a few companies, like Open Slate, an analytics firm partnered with YouTube, have also requested an interview with her. Though she is grateful for all offers, she’s holding out for an opportunity that aligns closely with her interests. She responded to Weiner about her dream job by saying that she wanted “to be a video producer in an environment.”