In the past four months, I've been told that I am "a fine writer, ambitious, [and] no doubt headed for great things," that I "am incredibly talented and a joy to meet" and that my clips "show great depth and insight." All of these comments, by the way, were made by people who did not hire me.
Who knew that the best way to raise one's self esteem was to collect rejection letters?
The word "over-qualified" is kind of hilarious, I think. Basically what an employer means when he says this is that:"We think you'd do even better than what our original job description entailed. You'd add passion, skills, education to the job. And for that reason, we're going to give the job--and all its myriad benefits-- to someone with no qualifications. But, just so you know, we totally loved you. Best of luck! Smiley face!"
I really, really hate smiley faces.
The best thing I can do, everyone says, is to stay positive. To believe that everything will eventually sort itself out. To appreciate the time off, because when I eventually get a job, I will wish that I had enjoyed this time more. Some days it's harder to believe in this than others.