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7 Constructive Tips for Handling Job Search Rejection

Tips for handling job search rejectionSearching for a new job is a difficult task, especially when it comes to dealing with rejection. The scenario where a person applies for a single job and receives an offer is incredibly rare; there’s a reason it’s called a job hunt and not a job find. Because of that, it’s important to be prepared for rejection during a job search. Handling rejection constructively is important for professional and personal growth, and a key factor in a continuing job hunt.

Here are 7 tips for taking job rejection and making it a net positive in your hunt for a better career:

  1. Stay confident: After receiving a rejection, it can be easy to let your confidence slip, which can lead to further rejections or a lack of desire to continue job hunting. That’s exactly what you don’t want: Recognize that rejection is more than likely not personal and don’t let a single rejection hold you back from countless future opportunities.
  2. Learn from the experience: After a rejection, take some time to consider what went wrong. In many cases, it’s possible nothing did; however, there’s always room for improvement. Consider the interview questions that were asked and any concerns the interviewer or hiring manager had. If any feedback is given, take that in consideration and make adjustments in your future interviews or applications.
  3. Re-assess your résumé: Similarly, if you receive a rejection, take time to examine your résumé for errors, inconsistencies, and possible improvements. If you’re getting a lot of rejections without an interview, it’s possible that your C.V. needs some work. Talk with someone in your career field for advice on what hiring managers want to see in a résumé.
  4. Set realistic goals: No one becomes CEO in a day. Whether you’re considering a career in business, health care, IT or anything in between, it’s crucial to target jobs that are within your experience level. This is also true when listing salary requirements.
  5. Talk with your family and friends: Having a support system in place is essential when job hunting. Your friends and family have probably dealt with similar rejection themselves, and will likely have advice to offer. If you’re close with someone in the same career path, their insights will be doubly important. You can also reach out to your peers or friends on networking sites like LinkedIn to discuss your experiences.
  6. Consider expanding your knowledge: If you can’t seem to get a lock on the job you want, it’s possible you’re missing skills or benchmarks that your competition has. This could include earning key certificates, obtaining a more relevant degree, or simply broadening your exposure to relevant tools and software.
  7. Keep hunting: The most important tip of all: Don’t give up. Never let rejections stop you from progressing in your career. When you constructively handle rejection, you’ll become a stronger candidate.

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