The reality is you will be rejected way more than you will be the candidate chosen for the job. While it is something you cannot avoid, it’s difficult not to fall into feelings of disappointment and dejection when it happens. It leads to much despair and lack of self-confidence on our part, and many times very dedicated efforts fail to be fruitful to us. Part of being an adult means learning to accept that mistakes and setbacks will happen in your life. Sure, you may feel the sting of rejection and become gradually frustrated and even annoyed that employers aren’t taking you on, but it is a situation that you can still fix yourself. However, many great personalities of our time and those whose names have been made immortal by history prove that rejection is only a push towards something better and more significant. Rather than dwelling on it or feeling sorry for yourself, you need to move on. So, this week, we’ve put together some of our best advice on how you can not only deal with job rejection but also use it to improve yourself and future career prospects.
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Your resume and cover letter are the first communication that you have with your employer. It is also the first impression you make on them, and only when you can convince them that you are the candidate they are looking for through these documents they will show some interest in your application. Even if you have written a well-researched resume, it is quite possible that what your employer requires is missing or not very well highlighted. If you didn’t even get an interview call, it is essential to revisit these documents and make the necessary adjustments. It would be even better if you could get in touch with someone selected and look at how they have presented themselves to the employer.
2. Don’t let it define you
It can be difficult not to take job rejection personally, even though we know we shouldn’t. If you’ve ever questioned whether the rejection means you don’t have what it takes or you’re no good, then you’ve probably allowed the refusal to define you. And whether or not you allow it to define you depends upon how much value you place on the interviewer’s decision and how much of your self-worth you associate with that decision.
3. Learn from your Mistakes
Be inquisitive and learn from your behaviors and actions as this can help you understand what needs to be improved next time. You don’t want to be repeating behaviors and answers that don’t seem to be working. The critical thing to remember is that everyone goes through interviews, and at some point, everyone goes through rejection (usually many times). You should be in the habit of A/B testing – to understand what things work and what sticks. Everyone has to test various methods to see what works, salespeople, software engineers, marketers, and scientists. Rarely do people get it right the first time around, and interviews are no different. It’s part of the experience to develop further the best version of yourself that you can.
4. Gain feedback
We must mark out our weaknesses and work on them, for that it’s always best to get feedback from the right people. If you apply for this job via a headhunter, you can always ask the interviewer about your drawbacks. Since these head hunters have relations with the organization, it becomes possible for them to gain such feedback. You can also consult an employee of the organization working at the same position you are applying for or who has some information about the recruitment works. Of course, this course of action is not easy to take since you need to be familiar with such a person, but this is also a great way to progress. Not only will it help you improve, but it might also give off a good impression to the interviewer/employer who will see you as an open-minded candidate committed to self-development.
5. Don’t give up!
While it is essential to give yourself a break when you need to take one, it’s just as important to keep searching. Whether or not this is your first or tenth rejection, it would be best if you still told yourself that there are plenty of jobs out there that you may be a perfect match. Remind yourself that rejection and failure aren’t the same things and that you are capable of finding a new job opportunity.