• Joshua Haghani

How to Handle Job Rejection

You may find it difficult to deal with rejection in the initial stages of your job search. Here are some things to keep in mind to remain motivated to find your dream job:

1. Rejection is an inevitable part of the process.

It’s absolutely pivotal that you don’t take rejection personally, especially while seeking new career opportunities. If you’ve been denied a position at your dream company or your applications haven’t been receiving enough traction, remember that rejection does not define you as a person. Most importantly, rejection does not make you a bad candidate. There are objective reasons why a hiring manager might reject you, all of which you can actively use to improve. Sometimes hiring managers would like to hire more than one person for the same role, but ultimately have to make a hard choice between equally amazing candidates. Fixate on what you need to work on and what you were able to achieve during the interview process, putting special focus on managing your skills and gaining experience.

2. Failure ≠ bad.

Embrace unexpected outcomes. You have to become comfortable with results that don’t live up to your expectations, like getting rejected from your ideal job. Remain career-focused and have faith in the fact that a more lucrative opportunity, one that fits you better, will come along. Accepting the negative emotions that come as a natural side effect of rejection is crucial. Being career-driven and motivated to make a real change to the trajectory of your life makes this process harder, however, it’s important to embrace the unpredictability of life, without being fearful of the outcome. Fear is a natural human emotion, and being fearful of the future can be a daunting experience. Find peace within fear, and accept it as an inevitable part of life; it makes you human.

3. Keep up the momentum.

Never end your search for your dream job until you have received an offer that you are happy with. One of the biggest mistakes that candidates make while on the quest for a career change is relying on their perception of the aftermath of an interview. This is an approach to avoid, as it puts a halt to your motivation to find the perfect job, and it ultimately makes it more difficult to accept rejection. Never consider a job yours until the company has made it clear that they want to hire you. You should have multiple interviews lined up so the option to pick the position that suits you best is at your reach.

4. Be kind to yourself and others.

Time to respond to the job rejection email. If you want to be considered for jobs with that company in the future, it is crucial that you respond to this email. Many employees who get rejected the first time end up getting hired by the same company later on. In the email, you should express your gratitude for the chance to interview, kindly state your disappointment with the rejection, and ask to be considered for future positions. Hiring managers will often discuss similar positions with other employers and clients, putting in a good word for second or third-place candidates. This is why it’s so important that you keep a good relationship with the hiring managers who have rejected you. Some of the things you should NOT express in your job rejection response email include superfluous grievances and selective insults at the representatives. Maintaining calm and composed conduct in your professional life should be your goal.

5. Revise your resume.

If you’ve received a few rejections in a small amount of time, sit aside and analyze what could be missing from your resume. If numerous of your applications haven’t been effective in landing your dream job, you might want to examine your skills more critically, comparing them to the skills needed to get the job you want. Be open-minded and evaluate your expertise; don’t allow your insecurities to take center stage. Figure out where your rejections come from: Is your resume up to date? Do the skills that you’ve been advertising apply to the position? Are you personable during the interview process? Continue to network with people you know and remember to keep your options open until you have a job offer.

6. Adopt a new view of rejection.

Ultimately, rejection is evidence that you’re stretching your personal limits. Shifting how you view rejection will provide you with an opportunity to accept it as what it is: proof of your ability to push boundaries. You should expect rejection to take place, especially if you suspect that your dreams may be a long shot. Reach for your dreams, work hard to get there, and accept rejection. Persistence and perseverance will develop over time, making you a more secure person as a result. Rejection is not a definition of who you are as a person and it doesn’t diminish your potential. Don’t allow your opinion of yourself to depend on what other people think of you. View criticism as constructive and aim to be a better version of yourself; in your professional and private life. Focus on learning valuable lessons along the way of your job search process, and don’t forget; never give up! Your dreams are always within your reach.


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