How to Deal with Job Rejection

If you haven’t had any luck in your search for job openings, don’t let rejection get you down. Today’s job market is tough. There are more people out of work and searching for a job. Getting rejection letters or not hearing anything at all can make you think that it has something to do with you and your qualifications but that may not be the case.

If you’ve been lucky enough to get an interview but haven’t been offered a job, try to stay positive. Again, it may not be that you didn’t make a good impression or that you weren’t qualified for the position. There are other factors that may be part of their decision. Don’t take it personally. The person they chose to hire may have had connections that you didn’t. They may have had more experience.

The best way to deal with rejection is to get feedback. If someone emails to say that they received your resume but you weren’t a good match, ask them for more details. Most of the initial correspondence from a company’s human resources department is form letters, but there is usually a real person on the other end. He or she may be willing to give you some feedback as to why you didn’t make the first cut. It could be that your resume doesn’t reflect the right qualifications even if you know you are a good fit for the position.

If you aren’t able to get feedback from companies you’ve applied with, ask a mentor or former colleague to look at your resume. Having a second set of eyes review what you’ve written may give you insight into how you’re selling yourself to potential employers.

If you have an interview and find out that you weren’t the candidate they chose, ask the interviewers what their impression was so you can find out how you are coming across to other people. There’s a chance you are not portraying yourself in a way that matches what the company is looking for in an employee.

Sometimes nervousness could come across as being timid, and in certain jobs, such as sales or management positions, that’s not a quality you want to portray. Other people become too talkative in interviews because they are nervous which could make you appear to be scatterbrained. It can help to review answers to questions they may potentially ask before the interview so you can keep your replies succinct.

If you’ve been searching for a long time and feel you’re not getting anywhere, no matter how many changes you’ve made, don’t feel guilty if you need to take a break. It may help you to be able to reevaluate how you’re approaching the job search. It can be hard to stop applying for jobs every day when you’re unemployed, but it may be beneficial in the long run.

Don’t forget to stay positive. There are a lot of other people in your position. It may take time, but you will eventually be successful in your job search.


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