Rejection is tough to take in any walk of life and is no easier in a professional capacity. It can be difficult not to take it personally, as job rejection can be such a let down.
However, job rejection doesn't need to be a total negative. No one wants to be rejected from a job but it can be an opportunity for growth and improvement to make sure it doesn't happen next time.
The following article will discuss some aspects of job rejection and how job seekers can take the disappointment of being rejected from a job into a learning experience to improve their next application.
Preparing for the Worst
Preparing for the worst does not mean preparing to fail. There is a clear distinction between the two and preparing for the worst should be something that every job seeker does.
Of course, being optimistic is a good quality but being prepared for a possible rejection will leave you better equipped if it does happen.
Receiving a rejection letter can be a tough blow to take but try your best to not let it affect your confidence. Not every rejection is a slight on your credentials or ability and it is certainly not the be-all and end-all.
Job rejection comes in many different forms with some being easier to take than others. Many rejections don't take the time to give any feedback whatsoever. The company will simply send out an automated email or letter informing you that you did not get the position and that is all. Having little idea of what went wrong can be especially difficult.
Other rejections will provide feedback which you should absolutely take on board. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to improve your application and how to not make the same mistakes you made last time. These can give you a chance to improve your interviewing skills, brush up on your cover letters, or even seek more experience.
Perhaps the toughest way job seekers experience rejection from a job is to receive nothing at all. Some employers simply never respond to unsuccessful applicants, so you may be left waiting for a response that never comes. The slow realization that you haven't been selected is not ideal but don't let it affect you negatively.
It can be very easy to get down on yourself after you received rejection from a job. Even if it was your dream job, it is crucial you learn to pick yourself up and try again. Don't let rejection be the end of your job search. You will overcome it one way or another.
Take on any feedback you have had during the application process and look to learn from it. If you haven't received feedback from a company, seek it out. Email the company or hiring manager and ask if they have any helpful tips or information about your unsuccessful application.
Consider asking friends and family for help or even talking to a career coach. If you keep improving your application, you will only be increasing your chances of receiving a job offer and putting an end to job search rejection. Do not give up the job search process, you never know if the next hiring manager will decide to offer you the job.
Improving Your Application
Do not let an unsuccessful job application get you down. Use it as a learning opportunity. There are lots of ways in which you can improve an application. First of all, consider whether you are the most qualified person applying for a job. If there are people with more qualifications and experience than you, then you may be fighting an uphill battle.
Aside from experience, skills, and qualifications, your application can be improved via your resume and cover letter. Your job search may be coming to a dead-end due to sub-par application forms, so take the time to assess them and look for areas of improvement.
One other area where your job search may be falling down is your job interview. If you have experienced rejection after a job interview, assess whether it went as well as it could have and what you could do to make sure it is perfect next time. Preparation is key.
Having read all of the above, you may be thinking to yourself that you have been through it all and yet nothing has worked. You've tried to stay positive, you've improved areas of your application, but the job searching continues and you are no closer to securing a new role.
The one thing you can't do, even if you have experienced multiple rejections, is to give up. No matter how difficult things get, keep trying, and keep improving. There is always something that you can do to make yourself more employable and give yourself a better chance of getting a new job.
Rejection doesn't get easier the more times you experience it. The job market can be cruel and can leave you feeling defeated but anyone who has ever been successful has experienced setbacks and rejection.
The most important thing you can do is keep your head up and look to always improve yourself. If you follow the advice above, you will be giving yourself the best possible chance to get a job.