Rejection is part of the game
Last updated April 12, 2023
Let's face it - being rejected doesn't feel great! Applying for a job and not hearing back or getting a response that says something like, "We're pursuing other candidates for this position," after an interview can be really tough. But here's the thing - getting turned down for a job doesn't mean you're a failure or a bad employee. It just means that the stars didn't align for that particular job at that particular time.
Here are some tips to help you deal with job rejection and move on:
Understand that rejection is a natural part of the job search process
Not everyone will get every job they apply for, and that's okay! It's not a reflection of your worth or potential, so try not to get too emotionally invested in any one job application. Also, keep in mind that rejection can offer valuable lessons. Maybe there's something you could have done differently, or maybe it's just a matter of timing. Either way, try to learn from the experience and use it to improve your future job applications.
Throw out self-doubt!!
Whether you’ve been rejected from 1 job, or 20, getting rejected from a job does not make you less of a person and it doesn’t mean you’re unemployable! Everyone experiences job rejection at every age. It might seem like getting your first job is hardest, but even some CEOs and senior managers commonly spend three months (or more!) getting turned down for jobs before finding the right job.
Always ask for feedback
The only way to improve is to find out what you could do better. Asking for feedback from employers is the best way to get tips on how you can improve your interviewing, resume, and more.
Remember, the job search game can be tough, but with perseverance and a positive attitude, you'll find the right opportunity for you! If you’re having trouble getting traction with employers, our career coaches can help! Just text #Jobs to 33-55-77 to begin. If you're using a mobile device, click here to have the text message set up for you!