How to Get Back on Your Feet After Handling A Job Rejection.

Posted by Alexa Lomangino on Apr 2, 2020 1:41:17 PM



How to Get Back on Your Feet After Handling A Job Rejection.



Having to deal with rejection is one of the hardest things. In your head all you can think about is what you did wrong and why they did not want me? You cannot answer those questions yourself. There could be multiple reasons behind you getting rejected, but you asking “why” will not help you make improvements. There are several steps that you can do to improve yourself for the next interview.  Here are 4 tips to remember when you get rejected after an interview:

  1. It's not personal.
  2. Ask for Feedback.
  3. Stay Positive.
  4. Plan the next interview.

It's Not Personal.

Taking it personally will be your first instinct. Whatever your brain makes up about the reason they don't like you is most likely not true. There can be many reasons that you did not get the job.  Your emotions are going to want to build up, but you cannot let them take over your thoughts.  There are several people that go over your resume and cover letter that thought your resume was good enough for an interview. Getting rejected from a job is rarely personal.

Ask for Feedback.

Feedback is not always given to you; when it is given to you it is like a gift. You may not like what you are about to hear, but this information will help you learn what you need to improve for your next interview. The hiring consultant might offer feedback to you, but if it is not offered, you are more than welcome to ask for it.  Hearing what the employer has to say will make you into a better person as a whole. Having to ask what you did wrong can be hard because you could have thought you had the best interview.  If you do not like the feedback that they are giving you, do not be rude. This feedback is here to help you in the long run.

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Stay Positive.

During this time, it can be hard to stay positive. Rejection, for anyone, can be one of the hardest things. You have to understand that this is certainly not the end. As we age in society, many people may not have experienced rejection yet. Having to handle your first rejection and your first job interview can be a daunting experience.  The best way to deal with a rejection is with a smile on your face. Each rejection that you get should be a learning opportunity. Keep in mind that you can only go up from there, and the rejection brings you one step closer to your real dream job. Take a break, go out with friends, do something to take your mind off the rejection for a few days. Think about what you can do better the next time. What can you improve on?


Plan the Next Interview.

This is your time to get back out there. Use the rejection as an opportunity to learn from and change some things that were on your feedback. Everything happens for a reason and the right job that you want can be right around the corner. Keep interest in as many jobs that you can apply for. Just think that the other interview was a practice and that what you have been working on to improve your interview skills and your resume. Having a rejection under your belt can help you become a better professional.

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Having to deal with rejection by yourself is going to be very hard. It is beneficial to have people you enjoy being with to surround you during this time. You are not alone on this journey. Continue to push forward, clear your head, and continue to search for your dream job. Click this button to subscribe to weekly blog updates to get you back on your feet and help you with the job search.



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