Job rejection, stings. We’re eager to get accepted, and whether we say the right things or we bomb the interview- either way, it hurts. However, there are so many POSITIVE ways to view rejection and SO much learning to be done. If you can acknowledge these positives, job rejection can even benefit you! Keep reading to find out how to use rejection to your advantage!
Build Your Self-Esteem
Downplaying personal education or accomplishments is common, but TOTALLY unnecessary. Although you may feel awkward talking about yourself, this is where you’re able to highlight your accolades! So if soft self-promoting is what you usually avoid in an interview, try writing down your accomplishments, attributions and compile a few (short) stories about how you were able to persevere in the workplace. This will give you an instant confidence boost for the next time.
Try Not to Take it Personal
We are LITERALLY hard-wired to focus on the negatives rather than the positives. This is why we FEEL so affected by the rejection. It’s not only human nature, but it’s how our brains work. By being aware of this, try to allow yourself to react differently. When you accept rejection for what it is, it makes the process more manageable for the future.
Picture this, you get rejected from a job and the second you’re alone your head starts spinning. A thousand what-ifs and scenarios run through your mind of why they rejected you and what you should have done differently. However, you prevent yourself from making any progress for future interviews in doing so. The best solution? Take. Action. Follow up with the hirer for feedback on how you can improve. This will only strengthen your interview skills for the future.
Use it To Your Advantage
Sure. A job rejection can sting. But you can use it as a tool to DO better next time. Asses HOW you did, and WHERE you feel like you can improve by honing your focus in those areas for the next interview. If you are always looking for ways to improve, you will always see these rejections positively no matter how much they may hurt your ego.
Ride the Momentum
If you’re waiting for feedback from a company post-interview and are thinking of putting your job search on hold in the meantime, don’t. It may seem pointless to keep applying for jobs if you believe you’ve found the one. However, by continuing to job search while you’re in limbo, you keep the momentum going, you become more familiar with the process because you are constantly DOING it, and allows you to be proactive instead of reactive.
Keep Your Options Open
If you have heard of the term “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” this 100% applies to job searching. When you are applying for positions or saying “yes” to interviews, ALWAYS have options. You are MORE likely to be disappointed if your plan revolves around one job you are hoping to land. But by applying to multiple jobs, you’ll have back up. On the contrary, if you DO get hired you can politely turn down the other interviews.