It’s very common to dwell on being turned down for that job you really wanted. Speaking from first hand experience, it’s definitely not the most uplifting of things to encounter and it is very easy to forget the ‘bigger picture’. However, you must remember to think smartly and use new knowledge gained to build on your strengths and develop answers for your next interview. Rejection is always going to be a part of life, but it’s how you deal with it that can help you move forward.
Don’t take it personally
Much easier said than done, however you must try not to take rejection too personally. This can obviously be difficult as a company are effectively saying they don’t want you, but there are usually a number of other factors at play, some that are possibly even out of your control. The best thing to do is find out why you were unsuccessful and then move forward!
Employers may refrain from giving you their complete feedback when you don’t get the job, but you can still ask them for constructive criticism. It may not always be nice to hear, but at least you can work on the points they give you and build on any weaknesses they highlight.
Remember your strengths
If you don’t get the job, it is easy to find faults with yourself, however this will not help you! Try not to beat yourself up just because you haven’t found the right job yet, it can take time. Try and remember your strengths and focus on your goals.
It’s not just you!
Even though you may feel like bad luck keeps happening to you, many others are going through the same thing. You will get turned down for more jobs than you’re offered and once you’ve accepted that, you will be able to move forward and be a little more ‘comfortable’ with what you’re doing. Unfortunately, it can be a numbers game, which is understandably frustrating. However, it’s important to stay active by sending CV’s, going to interviews and meeting new people in professional circumstances, as you will more than likely meet others who are going through the same things as you. It may not fix your current situation, but you may gain some comfort knowing you are not alone in your job search.
While you might feel like you are in a rut and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, it’s important to remember that it will pass. Even if you don’t land your dream job right away, take what you get and work your way up. It might not be ideal, but by being in work, a lot more opportunities can open up to you. Try and not think of unsuccessful job applications as a waste of time because you will have learned something, no matter how big or small. We all learn from experiences, good or bad, and it’s the same when it comes to your job search.