How to Cope with Job Rejection

How to Cope with Job Rejection

Coping with job rejection can be really difficult. Especially if it is for a job position you desperately wanted and worked hard to apply for. Practically everyone experiences job rejection at some point in their career, so it is best to be prepared for it and turn it into a positive as best you can. That way you can pick yourself up and carry on. KennedyPearce gives you our Top Tips on How to Cope with Job Rejection:

  1. Don’t view it is a sign of failure:

It is easy to let rejection consume you and for you to view it as a sign that you are a failure. The important thing to remember is that you got to that position where you could apply for the job in the first place. Perhaps you even got to the interview stage. Just because you didn’t get the job doesn’t mean you’re a failure. The employer has no way to know all about you and what you’re capable of through the job application process. You also have no idea of caliber of candidates you were up against. Time to stop thinking of yourself as a failure and work on your application and how you present yourself for next time.

2. Take what you have learnt from your experience

The best way to deal with a negative situation is to think about the positives and what you have learnt from the experience. Think about the various stages of the process, where you might have gone wrong, what did you do well? Also ask the employer or headhunter for feedback – what could you have improved upon in your interview? What more were they looking for in your application? You’ve lost the job anyway, so have no qualms about asking them for some feedback to help you be better prepared for next time.

3. Remind yourself of your strengths

It’s a good idea to your remind yourself of your strengths and capabilities so you can move forward with a more positive attitude. Focus on your qualities that you like, your strengths and experiences that help boost your application. Take pride in what you achieved so far and remember how hard you have worked. Remembering these positive outcomes will help you boost your morale and provide the feeling that you’re meant for something bigger and better.

4. Address the issues 

Now you have obtained your feedback and addressed the issues and skills you need to improve upon you can now set to work! For example If you need more experience in a certain area or an extra qualification or technical knowledge will help you next time, plan your next step so you can improve yourself. Not only will you be better qualified for next time, it will also keep you motivated and stop you wallowing in your rejection.

Job rejection isn’t easy, but happens to us all. Remember think positive, take what you can from the situation and use it to better prepare yourself next time!

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