Facing rejection in anything that we do can be difficult, especially if you’re not used to it. As tough as it may be, it’s important to maintain a positive outlook during your job search, even when you get rejected from a job. The first thing you need to know is that you are not alone, as it happens to a majority of job seekers regardless of the level of job in all industries.
There are many stages of the hiring process where we could face rejection. Whether you don’t hear back after the submission of your resume, or get rejected after your second interview, knowing how to deal with this rejection is essential so you can keep going and land your dream job. Also keep in mind that 80% of resumes are rejected in less than 11 seconds, so if you get a phone interview, you’ve made it farther than many other candidates.
There are a number of ways to handle the rejection of a job offer. The process is not a simple event to go through, but you can’t let it get in the way of accomplishing your goals. Take a look at the following ways to move on from rejection and continue positively in your job search.
Look over your application again
Look at your resume, cover letter, or any other materials you submitted and make sure there weren’t any mistakes you may have missed the first time around. Even the tiniest mistake can deter hiring managers from calling or emailing you. You should also review the job description again in detail. It’s quite possible that you are simply under qualified or don’t have the exact skill set the organization needs at this time. If you need to, take a class or start gaining more experience in the areas required, that way you can build on your skills and apply for similar jobs in the future.
Don’t over analyze
Sometimes a phone screen or interview doesn’t go the way you had hoped. You can wrack your brain for days over what you did or said that caused the process to end up in a rejection. These types of thoughts are going to drive you crazy and aren’t something that you should put all your effort into thinking about. Instead, put that focus into how you can improve. Start by practicing even more interview questions and figuring out how you can highlight your experiences in order to show how qualified you are. Don't over analyze the negative results.
Ask for feedback
Whether you didn’t get the job after your phone interview or in-person interview, you should always try to ask for feedback. It can be difficult to hear the criticism at times, but it will be extremely helpful for your next interview. Asking for this feedback will also reflect well on your attitude, as it will show a recruiter or employer that you desire to be better and want to continue to learn. Take any feedback you get as a way to be more prepared and confident, as well as have the tools to succeed in your next job search.
Consider your strengths
While it is okay to wonder what you did wrong at some point in the process, it’s also important to focus on your current strengths. You may not even realize that you have skills that a recruiter or employer is looking for and just don’t know how to explain them on your resume or in an interview. Next time, highlight your key skills even more and bring more attention to your accomplishments.
Have a plan B
We may not land our dream job each time, but success takes a lot of work. In this job market, there are a number of opportunities at your disposal, so you need to keep your options open. While one job may look like your dream job on paper, meeting the interviewer and other people from the organization may change your mind about the opportunity. Being prepared and having multiple options is never a bad thing. Don’t just apply to one job in the hope you’ll get it because it only puts more pressure on you.
Don’t dwell. Learn from it, and keep searching
Failing is not easy to take, but the worst thing you can do is keep thinking about it or being afraid of it. The most important lesson to learn from rejection is that it’s common and you need to learn how to move on. Especially when it comes to looking for a job, you need to find a way to keep searching and stay motivated.
Utilize these helpful tips to remain driven, even when you face rejection in your job search. Once you’ve figured out what might have gone wrong, keep the job search momentum going and look for the next job opening that’s right for you.
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