You get some closure from receiving a rejection letter. It’s usually a more preferable option to just never hearing back about roles that you were interested in. However, a rejection is still a rejection, and those never feel good. Here are some ways to deal with rejections in the job application process.
Actually Get Over The Rejection
The first thing that you want to do when you get a rejection letter/email is to breathe. You need to give yourself some space to get over the rejection even if it is a role that you were really interested in. Don’t immediately go back to editing your CV or sending in new applications. Go outside. Take a walk and process the feelings that you need to process. Know that your rejections are part of the process of finding your best fit.
Send A Thank You
Sometimes, you have a really great interview, but you still don’t get the job. If you enjoyed the interview process, let the hiring manager know. During interviews, you make connections with your interviewers individually. Sending a Thank You note can be a way to keep you in their minds. It’s a good habit to network whenever you can. Who knows, they might consider you for a position at a different time.
Don’t Let Of Go Of The Opportunities That You Liked
It happens, that a hiring manager tells you that you were a good candidate, but they found someone that they thought would fit into the role better. Take this as a sign that there are things that you can still improve about yourself. Throw yourself into whatever learning opportunities that are available to you. Whenever opportunities arise at the company where you’ve been passed over previously, apply again. Multiple applications at the same place will have the added advantage of showing your enthusiasm for that particular company.
Go Back To Your CV
When rejections start adding up, you might want to go back to your CV. You should also do this if you have sent out some applications but haven’t heard back. You can edit your overall CV, but you should also make sure that you are customizing you application for every role.
Be A Little More Flexible
When you’ve been searching for a while, but have had no luck getting the role that you want, it might be a good idea to explore other roles. If you have skills that are transferrable to jobs other than the one that you really want, look into those other jobs. Expand your area of search and consider all the opportunities that may be available to you. Don’t close yourself off to roles that you might end up liking in the long run.
Keep A Positive Mindset
You have to understand that more people are rejected than actually get the job. Yes, it feels bad when you don’t get the job, but you’re not the only one who didn’t. Pick yourself up and try again. Keep a positive outlook because when you are positive during the application process, you are more enthusiastic with your applications. And that actually matters more than you think.
It’s not the easiest thing to get rejected. Don’t let it get you down.