168: How to Handle Rejection Professionally (w/Sadie Jones)

Welcome back to the Law School Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking with ex-BigLaw recruiter, Sadie Jones, about ways to handle rejection in a professional manner. While some law students may not have already experienced rejection or failure, it will happen and that's ok - so tune in to learn how to respond professionally. In this episode, we discuss: Why this even matters and when you may face rejection in law school What NOT to do when reacting to a rejection from a job, law review position, or even a judge’s ruling (including a horror story or two) How to respond gracefully, even if you’re upset, surprised, or about to cry! The truth about why people get rejected – it's most often not personal – and how to salvage the relationship for the future (because the legal world is small) When is it ok to ask “why?” and how to respond to feedback (Note: whatever you do, do not get defensive or argue!) Best ways to make amends if you DO react badly or unprofessionally RESOURCES: CareerDicta: Strategies and Resources for Your Legal Career (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/careerdicta/) Podcast Episode 159: The Secret Life of Law Firms (w/Sadie Jones) (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-159-the-secret-life-of-law-firms-w-sadie-jones/#more-18846) How to Handle Difficult Feedback (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/how-to-handle-difficult-feedback/) Podcast Episode 127: Avoid These Resume No-Gos (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-127-avoid-resume-no-gos/) The Balance Careers: Questions to Ask and Avoid in Legal Job Interviews (http://legalcareers.about.com/od/jobsearch/fl/Questions-to-Ask-and-Avoid-in-Legal-Job-Interviews.htm) Professionalism in the Legal Workplace (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/professionalism-in-the-legal-workplace/) Podcast Episode 1: Mindset – The Key to Success in Law School? (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-1-mindset-key-success-law-school/) Podcast Episode 110: Revisiting Mindset (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/podcast-episode-110-revisiting-mindset/) Episode Transcript: Download the Transcript (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LST-Ep-168-How-to-Handle-Rejection-w-Sadie.pdf) If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/law-school-toolbox-podcast/id1027603976) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website (http://lawschooltoolbox.com/contact). If you're concerned about the bar exam, check out our sister site, the Bar Exam Toolbox (http://barexamtoolbox.com/). You can also sign up for our weekly podcast newsletter (https://lawschooltoolbox.com/get-law-school-podcast-updates/) to make sure you never miss an episode! Thanks for listening! Alison & Lee

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