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Rejected from a Job? Here’s What to Do Next

April 10th, 2019

Getting rejected from a job that looked promising can hurt. You may feel shame, embarrassment, frustration or anger.

It’s important to remember that getting rejected from a job isn’t a reflection on you as a person. Rather, it’s a sign that this position isn’t the right one for your unique blend of talents and values.

If you’ve been turned down for a job, here’s what to do in order to preserve relationships and get back on your feet in time for the next opportunity:

  1. Find Ways to Improve Yourself.

It’s easy to cling to the pain of rejection. Our brains are hardwired to help us survive by remembering negative events strongly, which is why a “no” can feel so crushing.

Take a little time to honor your feelings of regret or loss. Then reframe the rejection as a learning experience. Ask yourself, “What can I learn from this so I do even better with my next application?”

  1. Remind Yourself its Part of the Process.

Nobody lands every job they apply for. In fact, getting every job you apply for would cause its own set of stress and headaches – so it’s a good thing it doesn’t happen!

Learn to accept rejection as part of the process of job-seeking. When you do, you’ll find it easier to detach yourself from the outcome of any particular interview process and focus instead on finding the best opportunities.

  1. Build Your “Job-Esteem.”

If a job rejection has hit you particularly hard, chances are good that you’re starting to question your own abilities. Fight back by focusing on building your “job-esteem.”

Make a list of your top accomplishments, both at work and in your personal life. List the strengths that helped you reach those goals and the benefits they provided to yourself and others.

As you make this list, you’ll see how you have regularly improved the lives of those around you. You’ll also have a reference sheet you can use to build a stronger resume or cover letter that highlights these accomplishments.

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