How to Job Search: Dealing with Rejection

May 23, 2013

Interviewing, Job Hunt

Get Hired Fast - how to job searchIt is very unlikely that you can go through a complete job search without experiencing some rejection. Rejection is really hard on the ego, but it is important for you to be able to rise above the ‘nos’ and continue to strive for your goals. A part of how to job search is learning how to effectively manage your rejections and put them to good use.

Don’t Take it Personal

You can’t let a rejection after an interview make you think that there is a huge fundamental problem with you. Even if you are qualified for the job, a rejection just means that the hiring manager thought that someone else was a better fit for the position. Many people don’t get past the resume stage so remind yourself that you must be doing something correctly.

Get some Feedback

One of the best ways to benefit from a rejection is to find out why you were rejected. You can ask the hiring manager why you weren’t selected so you can make adjustments in future.

What did You Learn?

While you do need to incorporate feedback from the manager into your review process, you also need to do an internal review as well. Think about the steps you took – interview answers, your demeanor, your interview outfit. Was there anything that you think you could have done differently or better? Incorporating your internal feedback with the external feedback gives you plenty of room to improve moving forward.

Accept Responsibility

While you don’t want to kick yourself while you are down, you do want to accept responsibility for your role in the rejection. While doing your review, you may be able to find something that you would do differently. Accept your role in how things turned out and plan to do better in the future.

Keep it Moving

Rejection is common during a job search. You can take some time after the rejection to be sad, but you can’t let it take over your life. Don’t get mired in self-recriminations and regrets. You have to keep it moving. Get some exercise or go out with friends to help you relax and blow off a little steam. You will then be ready to dive back into your job search with renewed vigor.

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