It can be hard not to take job rejection personally, but at some point in your job search you will likely be rejected.
It’s never a pleasant experience, but the key is to turn the negative into a positive and understand how to handle job rejection to keep up with your game.
Refusal of work can lead to negativity
As human beings, we are more affected by negative events than by positive or neutral events. In this case, it can be easy to blow job rejection disproportionately.
But after the first failure, it is important to let go of the negativity. Buried frustration won’t help you keep looking for a new job. Remember, once you get to the interview stage, you did a great job. Many other candidates have not made it this far.
Most importantly, don’t give up on all activities. You may want to reapply for that employer, so don’t burn bridges.
Don’t make it personal
Don’t take a job rejection as a personal statement about yourself. In the business world, employers have to make a decision based on who they think is best for the job.
So you can rest assured that it’s unlikely you didn’t get the job because the hiring manager voted against you. Most likely, another candidate’s experience or personality will be stronger for the hiring manager.
Enter the opportunity to work
Rejection can be particularly frustrating if you’re not sure why you were rejected, and constructive feedback is worth asking.
Not all hiring managers offer this, but a simple phone call or email can give you a clearer idea of why you didn’t get the job. There may be a good reason why you are being overlooked and that should at least silence your doubts. If there seem to be gaps in your skills, consider signing up for a course. This can give you a big advantage when applying for other positions.
Focus on your strengths
There are always areas where each of us can improve, but remember that you can promote your unique value proposition and passions. Focusing on this will give you the new energy and momentum you need to find the right job for you.
List your strengths and significant contributions you have made in previous jobs. This not only confirms your worth as an employee, but can also be used in your next job interview.
Think about how you present yourself to others. Use this opportunity to review your cover letter and follow up on areas that could be improved. Think about how you answered key interview questions and whether you presented your experience in the most favorable light. So use the experience and try to do better next time.
Maintaining a positive mental attitude is an important part of dealing with job rejection. Maintain a strong perspective by engaging in beneficial behavior. Hanging out with friends, keeping personal interests that fill your life outside of work, and exercising can be a great way to clear your head.
Remember, you are not alone. The fact is that the number of people who are rejected at work often exceeds the number of people who accept an offer. Focus on the next opportunity – it may take you one step closer to your dream role.
Maintain your momentum
You may be tempted to pause your job search while you wait to learn about a position, but it’s important to keep your job search moving until you receive a position. Stay connected to your network of professional contacts and interact with your recruiting professionals. This proactive approach strengthens your confidence and also helps you avoid taking on roles that don’t fall into your lap.
Coping with rejection isn’t easy, but it offers valuable opportunities to learn more about yourself and improve your job search techniques. The good things are always worth waiting for, and with perseverance and a positive outlook, your dream job may be just around the corner.