19 October 2016 | Career Advice | Guest Author
12 Tips To Deal With Job Search Rejection
Job search rejection is something we are all afraid of. We all hope that it will never happen to us. However, real life sometimes gives us lessons, and one of the most valuable lessons is about not being accepted for a job.
If you are one of those people that did not get the job, don’t panic. There are several things you should consider improving before you resume the job search.
1. First of all, you need to pull yourself together.
It is not the end of the world, no matter how much you wanted this job. The fact that the potential employers chose someone else over you does not mean that you are not good. It only means that you have still not found the perfect job for you. Moreover, change your perspective on the situation. You have received a valuable experience and can now resume searching. Switch your focus to all the opportunities you still have before instead of staring at the fact that you were not selected.
2. Now is the time you stopped and thought about what had happened.
Consider going over the situation in your mind to be able to flaws and mistakes you can learn from. If there was anything, you could do better, make sure to make a list if such things to avoid them during your next interviews. Furthermore, make sure to contact the company that turned your candidacy down to ask them for more detail on the reasons for such a choice. Some businesses agree to provide this information unless their boss was only guided by intuition that you might not have been a perfect choice for them at the moment. And also, when texting them ask them if they have any other positions open that would be the best option for you. Now, as they have met you in person and understand you better, they might think of posts you will fit perfectly well in.
3. Also, after you get feedback from the company, there are a couple of things you can get from it.
Start with not taking it personally. You are not a failure; you are just different from the candidate this company was looking for. So, take a deep breath before you read it and make any conclusions. It is paramount that you percept it correctly.
4. After you make sure you can deal with negative comments, go to actually reading the feedback.
Make a list of issues that the hirers pointed out as something you lack. See if any of that you can fix. Was it something you did on an interview so that you did not make a good first impression? If so, make sure to avoid repeating the same mistakes again. Next time before you go to an interview, practice how you will behave, introduce yourself, or answer tricky questions.
5. The next thing to do is to fill the gaps of knowledge.
If one of the things a potential employer pointed out in his feedback is that you lack knowledge in a particular area, make sure to study this area in more detail. This is particularly the case for technical expertise. Is there some software you need to practice working with? If so, don’t underestimate the importance of it, and go for it. Is there a book you can read to learn more about an individual subject? Get this book and study it from title-page to colophon.
6. The fact that you did not get the job might also mean that you need to look for employment in a different niche.
Take a look at your qualifications, strengths and job experience. Is there a chance that all of them combined can be applied to a different area? Consider looking for open positions in other niches to see if there is anything you can apply for.
7. Negative feedback might also mean that you have applied for a position that is way beyond your real experience.
Of you only have a few years of experience, it might be best for you to send out resumes to openings for “middle specialists” and not the highest-ranked executive. Be realistic and do not try to set the world on fire!
8. Ask for help from professional HRs.
If you have a friend who is a headhunter, ask him to assist you here. S/he might know the secret of the successful interview or the most common mistakes applicants make in their resumes, etc. Ask him/her for any advice to check whether you did not make any of them in the job search process.
9. On top of that, see if s/he knows any openings you would be a perfect candidate for.
Head-hunters often know at least a few of the positions that are open now. They can give you recommendations. So take advantage of that!
10. Remember to ask if any of your friends have openings at their companies.
It is commonly known that employers are often glad to interview candidates that were recommended by someone who is already working for them. They say that it is a sign of respect to their employer. Moreover, if someone is supporting his friend, the chances of getting a trustworthy candidate are higher than when picking people behind the random faceless resumes.
11. Finally, take a look at your resume.
Maybe you will find a problem there. You should look very well on it, even if you do not have enough work experience. Present yourself in such a way that an employer sees each and every reason you are perfect for them! Alternatively, have a professional do it for you.
12. Finally, do not give up!
Of course, being rejected is not something you were aiming for. But, let’s face it: you can’t get every job you are applying for. So, learn a lesson from this rejection and keep moving toward the job of your dream.
Good luck with your job search!