Updated: Mar 26, 2020
Staying positive is crucial in a long and tiring job hunt process which can be quite frustrating when all you get is a typical rejection response.
We've all faced rejection at some point of time in our life and the truth is no one likes being rejected. When a candidate has been looking for a job for months, being rejected over and over can seriously dent his/her confidence. Alternatively, you could be preparing for days for the job of your dreams and it could all come crashing down with one rejection. It is much harder to accept such rejection but at the end of the day it comes down to your mindset. The key is to turn your negative experience into a positive one that can in turn, develop your career. Here's how to successfully handle job rejection -
1. Getting over the rejection.
The first important step to handle job rejection is to get over it. Talk to your friends or family and share your feelings. Know that it is not the end of the road and there will always be something better coming along your way. Besides, the job that you were rejected for may not be the best fit for you. It is a tough competition out there for every position and recruiters are looking for candidates that are more suitable for their requirements. Hence, being rejected does not mean that there is something wrong with you or your application.
Resist the urge to say anything negative to the interviewer or post something negative about the company on social media out of anger or frustration. It will affect your chances of working with the company ever again and create a bad impression among other recruiters as well. Words on social media spread quicker than you think.
2. Reflect on your approach.
Use the rejection as an opportunity to reflect on your personal approach. Ask for constructive criticism or feedback from the interviewer. They may not necessarily share their feedback but you may get information that can help you identify areas where you need to improve. Besides that, work on your interview preparations and communication skills. Watch videos on YouTube and follow the interview tips we have outlined in our IG highlights on our Instagram page, here. Related - The complete checklist you need when preparing for your next interview!
Also, use this opportunity to review your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile. Understand areas where improvement is required which can help you land more job interviews.
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3. Keep your job search moving forward.
Focus on your strengths and find a job that's the right fit for you. When you find jobs that you are passionate about, the passion will show through during the interview. If you pin your hopes only on one specific job, you will find yourself being frustrated easily. Have a positive attitude and you will find a job, if you keep looking for one. Apart from that, you can also use the time away from a job to learn skills, add certifications and develop your weaknesses to strengthen your job application.
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