Experiencing rejection while job searching can impact your self-esteem, your moods and even overload you with doubt about your skills and ability to compete. For those looking for a job for the first time, rejection can be the most difficult. Rejection can put a huge dent in your confidence as all experienced job seekers would all agree. Being “left in the dark” after countless applications and even interviews, is not easy to handle.
In these tough moments of joblessness, so much depends on how you respond to, or bounce back from each situation. The resilience you show after disappointment can be powerful because it can make you more determined to forge ahead. Here are our Top 5 tips for handling rejection in your job search:
TIP #1 FOR HANDLING REJECTION WHILE JOB HUNTING: IT'S NOTHING PERSONAL, WE PROMISE!
Everyone faces rejection in the quest for their perfect job. Even Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star before moving on to creating “The Happiest Place on Earth.” He was told by his editor that he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Little did the Star know just what they’d lost at the time. No one is exempt from rejection and when we face it, it’s about our confidence can be shaken. Oftentimes, the true reasons for the rejection are not given. It could be about overall fit, or any number of factors, which have little to do with the candidate’s ability.
TIP #2 FOR HANDLING REJECTION WHILE JOB HUNTING: NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK
If you’ve been applying for jobs where you don’t know anyone “on the inside”, networking may be your “secret sauce.” Networking sites like as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are a great resource to help you learn more about the company. These sites are also useful for interaction and engagement with those who are already on the team. While it’s often been said that “It’s who you know” in supporting a successful search, it may be more true to say it’s about the new people you meet – and how these relationships are built to create win-win outcomes. Tap into these resources and become part of a powerful and supportive community.
TIP #3 FOR HANDLING REJECTION WHILE JOB HUNTING: LEARN THE LESSONS YOU’RE MEANT TO LEARN
Rejection can be an opportunity to learn and grow. If you use the experience in the right way, it can prepare you for a positive outcome. Always ask for feedback after interviews, when you can. Remember to keep emotions out of it and instead think about your mistakes and how to fix then for the next interview. It’s a good idea to keep your interview notes for future reference as well.
TIP #4 FOR HANDLING REJECTION WHILE JOB HUNTING: THINK ABOUT CHANGING YOUR APPROACH
Many job boards today offer a simplified application process, allowing jobseekers to submit applications in a no-muss-no-fuss, everything-at-your-fingertips way. This ease of applying can lead to a frenzied, pressured response to act quickly. Don’t get caught up. Take a step back, take a breath and be intentional in your approach to applying for jobs. After all, if applying for a job that you’re excited about doing, you should give it the attention it deserves in your submission. This thoughtful approach can make a big difference between being short-listed or being rejected.
TIP #5 FOR HANDLING REJECTION WHILE JOB HUNTING: NEVER GIVE UP THE FIGHT
Always remember how rejection can have a great influence on your motivation. If it helps, make some notes about the experience and you’ll be more aware of your emotions. Keeping a list of your goals and having an action plan can also be helpful in keeping your focus laser sharp. Rejection cannot stand in the way of your end game. You’ve got the power to forge ahead and win.
HANDLING REJECTION WHILE JOB HUNTING: THE BIG WRAP UP
Rejection is never easy, but it’s how you respond to it and what you do with it that matters most. When you experience rejection, it can create circumstances where you learn about your own resilience as a person, and your ability to bounce back in tough situations. In the end, the rejection may be the very thing that gives you the chance to dig deep and bounce back even higher to achieve more. Resilience is the key, and attitude is everything! So, for those facing a stealth job search, join me now, on the count of three, in a resounding, “BRING IT ON!”