Tips to Handling Rejection as a Job Seeker
Being rejected is part of the job search process. Often a job seeker will go through several rounds of rejection before the right job offer comes around. While the experience can feel like a setback, it’s important to come to grips with the situation and know how to bounce back. Being rejected is not the end, it forges the way to better, and more suitable opportunities for your career.
Here are tips to handling rejection as a job seeker and how to get back on track:
Keep the Doors of Communication Open
Different people react to rejection differently. On one end, there are those who may become angry. On the other end, there are those who may lose total hope. Regardless of what feelings emerge, it’s important to not let your emotions take over your actions. Remain professional in your communication and leave the employer with the message that your door remains open for future communication/opportunities. You never know when you may cross paths with the employer or the contact again. And, it’s okay to ask for a reason. Let the employer know you want to learn from the experience and in many instances your contact may share valuable feedback to help with your future job search efforts. For more tips, also read: “3 Tips To Handling Job Rejection So That The Door Stays Open.”
Don’t Stop Job Searching
Job searching should be ongoing even if the employer has asked you to come in to interview for the third and final round. The prospect of a job offer can seem promising, but there are never any guarantees. Always keep the job search going! It’s easier to have opportunities lined up to select from than to have a gap in the job search process because you put a halt on it thinking something would come through that did not. Also, don’t rely on a single-method when job searching. Use the job boards, use the help of your network, and be proactive about contacting decision-makers that you believe you’ll be a good fit for regardless of whether a job posting has been put up.
Keep Up a Positive Attitude
Employers look at several aspects in deciding who’s the best candidate for the job. One of those aspects is you’re attitude and level of enthusiasm. Employers want employees with an upbeat and positive lookout on life and work. Even in the face of rejection, you need to get past it to succeed going forward. Learn how to maintain positive communication and your composure in front of employers, reading: “Prepare Yourself for the Offbeat Question.”
Be Prepared for Rejection
Rejection is most devastating for those who aren’t prepared for it. As a job seeker, you have to remember that there are no guarantees to anything. And while prospects look promising, things can turn the other way instantly – sometimes due to factors that are out of your control. Be prepared for the worst but have something to fall back on. That’s why the points above are so important. The job search process never comes to an end until you officially have paperwork in hand and signed. And even when you’re on the job, it’s always wise to continue to keep your eyes and ears open. No job is guaranteed forever, so always be ready with a backup plan on how to move ahead.
There are many phases to the job search process and various emotions will arise. Always keep a positive and professional front! And when you do officially get notice to a job offer, remember to maintain professionalism with your existing employer too! For tips to resigning, read: “Writing a Resignation Letter.”