Searching for a placement and feeling like you're on a never-ending rollercoaster ride? You're not alone! It's normal to apply to loads of places before getting that sought-after "yes." I know first-hand how it feels to face many rejections and navigate the uncertainties that come with placement hunting.

After sending out countless applications to over 40 companies, I landed my first and only "yes" at Samsung. It was a moment of triumph, a validation of resilience, and a reminder that persistence pays off in placement searches.

Let's talk about the power of resilience in action as we explore tips to ace your placement hunt journey.

Resilience in action

  1. Apply Strategically: Think of your placement applications as strategic moves in a game. Each one is an opportunity to showcase your skills and gain experience points in the placement hunt arena.
  2. Learn from Setbacks: Treat each "no" as a chance to learn and grow. Use feedback to refine your approaches, making each application a stepping stone towards a successful outcome.
  3. Celebrate Every Effort: Embrace the journey, celebrating the effort you put into each application. Remember, each “no” brings you closer to your “yes”.
  4. Persist with Positivity: In the face of challenges, persistence and a positive mindset are your secret weapons. Keep applying, stay positive, and trust that your resilience will lead you to success.
  5. Quality Over Quantity: While casting a wide net is crucial, ensure your applications are tailored to each role. Quality applications stand out and showcase your resilience and commitment.

Tips to keep your spirits high

  1. Acknowledge Every Attempt: Celebrate every application as a win. Acknowledge the courage it takes to put yourself out there, irrespective of the outcome.
  2. Extract Wisdom from Rejections: Turn rejections into wisdom. Reflect on what you can improve, adapt, and enhance in your approach. Each rejection is a lesson in resilience.
  3. Share Your Journey: Share your placement hunt story with friends and family. Their encouragement can provide the boost needed to navigate the challenges with resilience.
  4. Positivity Amid Persistence: Keep a positive outlook and stay persistent. Your resilience will shine through, setting you apart in the competitive placement market.
  5. Connect for Support: Connect with other placement seekers. Networking and seeking support from like-minded individuals can turn the placement hunt into a collective and uplifting experience.

What's next in your resilient placement hunt?

  1. Celebrate Your Efforts: Take a moment to pat yourself on the back for every application. You're actively working towards your goal, and that deserves acknowledgment.
  2. Connect with Your Close Ones: Reach out to friends or family. They know you inside out, understanding your strengths and unique qualities. Ask them to review your CV and cover letter – their insights might highlight aspects you hadn't considered.
  3. Learn and Adapt: Treat each setback as an opportunity to learn what works and what should be changed. Your resilience will grow, making you better equipped to face the challenges ahead.
  4. Stay Open to Opportunities: Be flexible and open to unexpected opportunities. Your resilience will guide you through different sectors and roles, leading to exciting and fulfilling prospects.
  5. Reach out to the Placement team: They are your dedicated support on this journey. Attend their drop-in sessions for personalised guidance. Engage with a Placement Ambassador; their experiences often mirror your own and can offer practical advice. Leverage the resources on CareerHub, a place full of tools and opportunities just for you. 

Remember, you don't have to navigate this path solo – the Placement team is here to equip you with the tools and knowledge to make your journey a success. You can contact them at