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How to Handle Rejection

how to handle rejection

How to Handle Rejection

It can be discouraging when you receive that “no.” It may have been your dream job, your number one option for new employment, or even just part of a long job hunt. It is easy to throw yourself a pity party and give up. However, how you handle rejection and move on will make all the difference and will either set you up for future success or misery.

how to handle rejection

Let’s talk about several ways for you to learn how to handle rejection. 

Be honest with yourself

You may want to ask for feedback from managers or recruiters following a job interview. However, they may not provide the feedback you desire (or in a timely manner). In these situations, it is best to take a step back and honestly evaluate the entire process. For example, could you have spent more time working on your resume? Did you answer your interview questions well? What did your body language saying during the interview? 

However, remember that there is a difference between belittling yourself and being honest with yourself. 

Say “Thank you!” and move on

Even if the answer is “no,” it is still wise to thank the company for their time and consideration. You may choose to do this on the phone, through email, or even in a handwritten letter. This act shows you are a professional and can handle hard things with ease. Once you have said your thank you’s, then move on. Start looking for new jobs, hire a recruiter, etc. How you handle rejection may impress employers or managers and they may reach out regarding future job opportunities. 

Perfect your weaknesses

Do you struggle with the interview process? Is your resume very basic and generic? No matter what it may be that keeps you from landing your dream job, take the time to perfect it. Hire a professional to help you write and design a resume that stands out. Hold mock interviews to make an immediate impression. When you improve your weaknesses, you will be that much better when applying for your next job position. 

Use your network

In many situations, you may not land a job because the employers and managers don’t really know you. This is one reason why it is so important to network. When you use your network to find job opportunities, these individuals know you and you are more comfortable with them. There is also less stress during the job hunt to make an impression, which helps you better showcase your personality and your strengths. Plus, when you use your network, you may learn about job openings that are not widely publicized, increasing your chances to land it. 

How you handle rejection says a lot about you. It can be extremely challenging and discouraging when you don’t get the job you want. However, keep your chin up because each time you are rejected, you are one step closer to finding your dream job!