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How to Cope with Rejection

rejectionAs a job seeker, you need to learn how to cope with rejection. Rejection is something that comes with the search. It is an inevitable part of the process that has to be dealt with in order to find that dream job. The most important thing to remember when dealing with rejection, is to not take it personally. It is unrealistic to believe that you will be hired after one interview. In today’s competitive job market, when you’re up against many other people from different backgrounds for the same job, it’s normal for it to take a few tries before receiving an offer. So, because rejection is just part of the process, it is important to learn how to cope with it.

Don’t Take It Personally

Nobody likes being rejected, but there are ways we can cope with it to make it less of a painful blow. When we get rejected, it can be hurtful, frustrating, angering. When job searching, we have a vested interest in the outcome of our interviews. So when they don’t have an outcome that we hoped for, or even expected, it can make us feel powerless and hopeless. It can also be embarrassing or make you feel inadequate. In these instances, it is important to recognize these feelings and thoughts but to not take them personally. Remember that it’s business, and that in most cases their decisions are more about the company than you personally. You can never know every variable involved in a company’s decision making process. So refrain from trying to figure out why you lost out.

Ask For Feedback

A good way to get some constructive criticism is to ask the interviewer for feedback. This can give you some insight into the company’s reasons for going in a different direction. If the interviewer doesn’t provide you with anything constructive, don’t waste time overthinking. The reasons for a company not choosing you could have been a miniscule detail that was not listed in the qualifications or description. Interviewers are very conservative with their choices, as they are afraid of making the wrong decision. So keep in mind that their reasons could be out of your control.

Get Back Up and Try Again

The most important thing that you can do after receiving a rejection is to get back up and into your job search. Once you receive a rejection, you have to move on. This should just make you want to try harder. So get aggressive and expand your job search. You can’t allow rejection to beat you down; use it to make you stronger.

Have you experienced rejection in your job search before? How did you rebound from it? Comment and share below! If you’re dealing with rejection and are thinking about taking your job search to the next level, reach out to Candace for assistance!

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