Rejection is an unfortunate but necessary part of life.

Everyone experiences rejection at some stage, whether they realise it or not. The negative side of rejection is that it can cause us to reconsider our value and self-worth. However, if we allow it, we can choose to use the rejection as a chance to learn about ourselves and motivate us as we move forward toward our next opportunity.

Here are some things to keep in mind the next time you are passed over for a job:
Ask for feedback
Talk to the hiring manager or recruiter, asking what you could do to improve your chances in the future. You may find some that are more than willing to give you some pointers, especially if they feel you were a viable candidate but simply lost out to someone more qualified. You can even ask them if there are other positions within the company that might be a better fit for you. If there aren’t open positions, be sure to let them know you are interested in working for them. Perseverance may pay off down the road.
Talk to family and friends
Don’t be shy about discussing your job search efforts, including a rejection, with those closest to you. They have your best interests at heart, and they know you, and can often provide valuable intel to guide and steer you in the right direction. We often forget that although our friends and family may work in a different industry, they can provide us invaluable insights and tips from their own experiences.
Post Interview
After each interview, evaluate your performance. Think through what went well and what didn’t. What could you have done differently? It could be body language or not being prepared. Maybe you weren’t prepared to answer some questions they asked. Did you vent your frustrations about your current or past employer? Were you dressed appropriately for the work environment? Whatever it is, think through how you will address those situations in your next interview.
Don’t burn bridges
No matter how badly you wanted the job or felt you deserved it, don’t react by writing a harshly worded email or make a phone call bashing the employer for rejecting you. Also, don’t post negative comments about the company or interview on your social media accounts. You never know who will be reading them. You don’t know where you career will be in 5-10 years, but burning a bridge lasts forever. Always be respectful and thank them for the opportunity.
Evaluate yourself
After you’ve received feedback and analysed the interview, review what you’ve heard and decide what steps need to be taken to move forward. Maybe your resume needs to be tweaked or you need interview coaching. Is your LinkedIn profile updated with all your latest information? Have you engaged your network in your job search strategy? It’s ok to take a day to process everything but don’t sit in the rejection. Leverage the information to stimulate growth in your job search plan.
Consider a new outlook
Everybody gets tunnel vision once in a while. We focus on one goal, one person, or one dream to the exclusion of all else. Rejection can give us a time to pause and take another look at our objectives and how we’re trying to meet them. In this case, the idea is to look around with new eyes and consider, not only new ways of getting to the same goal, but how we view our goals and dreams.
Dealing with job rejection can be tough, but it doesn’t need to halt you completely. See it as a way to learn about yourself and use the information to accelerate growth and help you move forward in your job search and find the ideal fit for you.


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