How to Deal with Job Application Rejection

01/09/17

You put your best foot forward for your interview, walked up in your sharpest attire and gave them the best impression. And then you were not chosen for the job/placement. It can feel really disappointing, but don't let it get you down. Here are tips on how to manage rejection and use it to catapult yourself for future success.

Acknowledge the mistakes

Sometimes we don’t just get the job we want for a variety of reasons. It could be due to our communication skills, prior work experience, existing skill set, culture fit, etc. As interviews might be a complex process of selection, there could be certain factors or variables out of our control.

For those that are within our control, we need to be aware of them and ensure that those mistakes are not made in the future. Where possible get as much feedback as you can from your interviewer and be proactive in taking those points for improvement on board.

Learn from the experience

Like mentioned in the previous point, every setback or failure serves to bring us closer to the success which we are striving for. If you feel that your lack of confidence is holding you back from excelling in your interviews, then be intentional in making the effort to put yourself out there, meet new people and refine your interview skills.

Keep pushing yourself forward

Having finished university and being in a job search position does not mean that your learning has ended. In fact, successful people are continuously learning, growing and developing themselves. This is because at the end of the day, you are your greatest asset.

So it’s time to get practical with your own personal and professional development. This could mean staying up to date with developments in your industry, attending workshops/seminars to keep sharpening your skills or going for networking events so that you can meet other like-minded professionals in your industry.

The key here is to stay active and be proactive in your career journey. It’s one thing to be disappointed when faced with job-related rejections; it’s another to learn from the experience, pick yourself up and move on.

All the best for your career!

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