How to deal with rejection

How to deal with rejection from a job application


Rejection for a job application can be tough, especially if it is a job you thought you’d get. However it is not the end of the world and the sooner you learn how to deal with rejection the better because believe it or not there are positives you can take from the experience.


How you deal with rejection can sometimes depend on the circumstances of the job search. For example you are probably going to be able to take rejection a little easier if you are a student just looking for a part time job for extra cash, than if you are a graduate looking for your first serious job in your chosen field.

Regardless of situation though, there are a number of things you can do to soften the blow.


First of all you can attempt to see your rejection as a learning curve/experience. You’ve completed a CV and possibly attended an interview, and if you didn’t get the role then chalk it down to giving you good practice for future interviews. Think back to questions they may have asked you that had you a little stumped for an answer, then work on how to answer similar questions in the future.


Then of course, you can always ask for feedback from your interviewer. It’s very unlikely that an employer will decline to offer some feedback on your interview and if they are able to help you identify areas in which you could improve then great. At your next interview you’ll be ready. Although you need to take any feedback you receive with a pinch of salt. Take on board what they say and think about ways to improve for next time but don’t get hung up on them. This feedback is merely a guideline on how you might improve your interview technique in the future and not a personal criticism.


Narrowing your search for your next job application could also be a way of dealing with rejection. Rather than applying for just any job you might be in with a chance of getting – although that might be the best way for some people- then you should narrow your search to jobs that specifically demand skills that you can offer. In today’s job market, employers are much more likely to take on someone that meets 100% of their demands.

Please don’t let that stop you applying for jobs you really want though as you may be lucky enough to land yourself a job if you sell yourself well enough.


My last piece of advice is to think about the big picture. Rather than seeing your job rejection as a reflection of you not being good enough – which is absolutely not the case – see it as there being one person out there, in an intensely competitive job market who was slightly more qualified or suitable to the role than you were. Think about how many other people also lost out on that job. This puts it into perspective and again reiterates that it is not personal.


Rejection, like I said earlier, is not easy to receive but it’s part of life. Being able to handle rejection maturely and without compromising your self belief is key to getting over it quickly and moving on to the next application.


Written by Katy James




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