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How do you handle rejection during a job search?

When you get rejected for a job, it can really hurt especially if it is a position or company that you have been eyeing for the longest time. You probably want to give up thinking that you are no good. But the reality is, this rejection happens to most people and you need to understand that it isn't the 'end of the world'.

This post will try to enlighten you on how to deal with rejection during your job quest. If you want to learn more, then keep on reading.  

You have to be emotionally and mentally prepared

First of all, while we know that getting your dream job or any job for that matter is important, it is just a part of your life. Getting rejected shouldn't affect your entire being. Accept that whenever there is an interview, there's always a probability that you'd get in or not. This is not saying that you shouldn't prepare, you still have to be your best self during job interviews.

What we mean is that there are a lot of reasons why you will not be chosen for the position. Don't take it personally. It's not always that you aren't qualified. There might be a different business direction or that they couldn't give your asking rate. Remember that we can't really see what happens behind doors. Just go there, be at your best, and let's see how it works from there.   

Open yourself for a lot of job opportunities

We also recommend that you apply for different positions in various industries. It gives you confidence during job interviews. You become more natural when speaking, you get to know yourself, you get to gauge what HR managers are looking for, and a whole bunch of things.

In addition, it helps you recover fast from a rejection. You can easily get over it knowing that there are other doors possibly waiting for you.

What to do if you got rejected after giving your best?

So, you received a call that you didn't get in. Or maybe it was revealed to you personally. Either way, it can be frustrating and devastating. But here are some of the things you can do to make things a bit better.

Don’t burn bridges

Maybe you didn't get in - for now. Remember that you can always reapply after 3 or 6 months. If you want the position in that company badly, make sure to create a connection with them. Say, for example, like their social media pages and try to connect with the right people on LinkedIn. We've heard a number of stories wherein they were not able to get the job during the first time, but landed a better position after going back.

So, what we are trying to say is, again, is rejection is not the end for you.

Relax a bit and keep moving forward  

And lastly, it is ok to pause for a while after getting rejected. You have to make sure that you are emotionally ready before going back to face another interview. But don't let it sit on you for weeks or months. Know when to get up, send your applications again, and go for another battle.  After all, drowning in your sorrow will get you nowhere.

While you are preparing, we suggest that you solicit feedback. Know which areas you can improve on. Look for workshops and make your CV as impressive as you can.



The key here is to be resilient and to take care of your emotional state. Learn how to bounce back and see what things you can work on. This way, companies or employers will see you as an asset to their company.