Job rejections may seem like the end of the world, but it's important to realize that they're a part of a life lesson. Ongoing rejection can make you feel hopeless, but if you turn it into a tool to improve your continuing job search, you can increase your chances of receiving a job offer in the future.
Here are a few tips on how to empower yourself by job rejections:
Don't Take It Personally
You may feel stunned by your first rejection, but taking steps to get over it can help you focus on what's important.
- Don't waste your time on negative thoughts. Just because you didn't get the job doesn't mean you're incapable of finding another one or that you're not cut out for the position you're looking to get
- The more jobs you apply to, the more likely it is that you'll face rejection. You can't get every job on the market, but casting a wide net can also increase your chances of getting hired
- Your capabilities may not have been the reason for your rejection. Factors which you have no control over are often behind many hiring decisions, like a budget cut or hiring a candidate within the organization
Learn From Each Experience
Take each rejection as an opportunity to learn how to improve your job search techniques.
- Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to writing resumes, interviewing, and finding job openings. Look for ways to make the whole process more effective
- As a recent college graduate, you're in a good position to ask for feedback on your interviewing skills. Hiring managers want to help you get accustomed to the practice so you can succeed in the future
- Follow up with the company that rejected you, thanking them for their time and asking for any suggestions. Write a formal thank-you note afterward if they offer advice
- Take constructive criticism and be ready to make any appropriate changes
Improve Your Job Search
If you continually face rejection, you may need to reevaluate your strategy.
- Reach out to your network or to people who you think could help find you an open position. Not every job opening is posted publicly, but an insider tip you can expand your opportunities
- You may have to change the way you go about finding jobs, whether it be looking at alternate locations or a wider range of positions
- Keep yourself on a schedule. Think of your job search like an actual job, where you work for a certain amount of time each day in order to reach your goals