How to turn career rejections into long-lasting success

D & B speak with DR. ELI JOSEPH, author, educator, and TEDx speaker who currently serves as a faculty member at Columbia University and Queens College and as a partner and medical examiner at ExamOne, a Quest Diagnostics company.

Using rejection to fuel his professional achievements, he earned a bachelor’s degree at the age of 20, a master’s degree at 21, and a doctorate degree while teaching at an Ivy League institution at 24. As a partner at ExamOne, Dr. Joseph works with the nation’s top insurance firms, including AIG, Prudential, William Penn, John Hancock, New York Life, and State Farm. His new book, The Perfect Rejection Resume: A Reader’s Guide to Building a Career Through Failure (February 15, 2022), compiles lessons about failure from his own life experiences and those of seven influential thought leaders. Learn more at






While employers remain laser-focused on “The Great Resignation,” would-be workers have been facing a wildly different reality: The Great Rejection.

Companies’ current hiring practices unwittingly reject millions of U.S. workers—as many as 27.4 million, according to new research by Harvard Business School­—leaving today’s best and brightest with inboxes full of rejection letters. But these professional snubs can teach us far more than success can, urges one author-educator-expert. Those dreaded rejections? It’s time to embrace them.

“We constantly promote our achievements but rarely spend time addressing the lessons learned from our failures, let alone draw inspiration from them,” explains Dr. Eli Joseph, a Columbia University and Queens College faculty member and author of The Perfect Rejection Resume: A Reader’s Guide to Building a Career Through Failure (February 15, 2022).

Dr. Joseph knows a thing or two about failure: he personally overcame more than 1,500 educational and professional rejections and used them to attain landmark achievements, from earning a doctorate at the tender age of 24 to becoming a business partner at Quest Diagnostics, a Fortune 500 company, at the age of 25.

Daniel was inspired to write his own rejection resume. We know how important it is to learn from one’s experience and the value of recognizing what we want, why we wanted it, and what happened when we tried to achieve it. Please find Daniel’s Rejection Resume below. It is a labor of love and dedication to his work.


Published by Will Work 4 Podcast

Daniel, a former Job Developer, and Brendan, an eternal dreamer, look to normalize difficult dialogues to ease the uncertainty of unemployment. They hope by sharing their own experiences around finding meaningful work, inviting experts in the field to share tips and tricks, and gathering resources, they'll create a community of support to help each other in the process of finding their next career. All this will hopefully make you feel a little more connected and a little less alone.

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