Nobody wants to get rejected but when searching for a job it’s inevitable. Job search is all about trial and error. Here’s how to deal with rejection.
It’s frustrating getting rejected after sending dozens of applications to employers. But, then again this is what job hunting is all about. This is what every jobseeker has to go through before they can land THE job. Think about it. This is just how searching for a job works. You send your resume; hopefully, you get called in for an interview, if you succeed you go on to the next phase of the selection process, and if you don’t, you end up right back where you started.
But, this isn’t always a bad thing. When you keep failing in your job search, it only means one thing; that you are trying. Just hang in there and come up with strategies that can help you handle job search rejection.
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In the meantime, here are some of the things you can do to deal with rejected job applications.
1. Think of What You Can Do
Everyone’s born with a unique talent, but once you get rejected, you tend to forget all about it. To ensure you stay on top of your game, you should remind yourself that you are perfectly capable of getting a job, and you have the right skills and experience for it. Even if you don’t feel confident about your abilities, you can show employers your enthusiasm for the job and how passionate you are about what you are doing. When you demonstrate your passion, nothing can go wrong.
2. Ask Employers for Feedback
The best way to learn from your mistakes is to ask employers for advice and feedback. If you have been to an interview but never got a callback, you might want to find out what went wrong. Investigating the matter will help you improve your job hunting approach and your interview skills. Getting an employer’s feedback can help you learn what you should and shouldn't do next time you have an interview.
3. Get Help from a Friend
There is no shame in asking for advice from a career expert or a friend. These people may know a lot more than you and be in a better position to help you out. Whether you need help practicing your interview skills, resume writing or anything else you think is not working, you can have a talk with them and get their honest opinion. There is always the option of participating in a mock interview with them or ask for their suggestions on how you can improve your job hunting strategy.
4. Meet More People
Since networking is essential to your job search, you should never stop meeting new people. Perhaps your contacts have other contacts that can refer you as the ideal candidate for a new position. No matter how much you hate initiating small talk with strangers it’s important that you do so, without thinking that you or your ideas might be rejected. Going all in is much better than wasting opportunities that could help you get hired.
If you are getting rejected, there is only one thing you can do. Stay positive. With these strategies, you are more likely to be in a position to cope with the rejection.
Have you ever been rejected as a jobseeker? How did you deal with this? Let me know in the comments section below…