Bouncing back from job rejections: Turning setbacks into success

Bouncing back from job rejections: Turning setbacks into success
Dillan Mistry

5 minutes minutes

Bouncing back from job rejections: Turning setbacks into success

“Thank you for your interest, but you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.” – When you’re hoping to take on a new role, especially one that you’re really excited about the potential of, this this is a sentence that’s always awful to read.

“Thank you for your interest, but you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.” – When you’re hoping to take on a new role, especially one that you’re really excited about the potential of, this is a sentence that is always awful to read.

The job market is always highly competitive and hearing that you’re not being considered for a job you’ve applied for can make you feel depressed, angry, and exhausted.

When in these unfortunate moments, maintaining a positive mindset can help you transform these setbacks into stepping stones to landing your ideal role. Join us as we explore different strategies to bounce back from job rejections and learn from the experiences along the way.

 

Feedback

Receiving a job rejection can be tough, however it is important that you utilise the opportunity to ask for feedback.

Gaining feedback allows you to get an insight into the parts of the application process you can work on in the future. Learn from these points and perhaps adapt your approach for future interviews and job applications. 

Identify any patterns and turn constructive criticism into an opportunity for growth!

Acknowledge and accept emotions

If you’ve applied for several roles, you’ll likely receive a few rejections too. And that’s perfectly normal. However, this can take a toll on your mental health over time.

Therefore, it is essential to acknowledge and accept the emotions you may feel. Allow yourself a short moment to feel disappointed and channel this energy into improving your application and interview skills. Do not let the rejection define your worth or abilities!

 

Expand your network

Networking is a powerful tool, especially during the job search process.

Attending industry events, connecting with professionals on LinkedIn or simply conversing with people in your desired position is a great way to ‘get yourself out there’ and learn more about the job and industry you’re interested in. This will not only potentially open new doors to some amazing opportunities but can also provide you with valuable insights and advice.

 

Upskill and development

Invest some of your free time into self-development by utilising free courses online and advancing your skills and knowledge to keep on top of industry trends.

During your job search, try to make some time to gain certifications which may be required for, or at least very desirable for, your dream position.

By demonstrating commitment and continuous self-development, you’re highlighting your dedication to personal and professional growth to any potential new employers.

 

Stay persistent and positive

Searching and completing application forms each day can be draining. To avoid mental fatigue, it is good to set some sort of routine, by setting aside a set time each day to search for and apply for jobs.  Keep applying for positions that align to your skills and goals and don’t be discouraged by rejection. Stay persistent, say focused and the right role will come.

 

Bouncing back from job rejections is a testament to your resilience and determination. Utilise the lessons learnt and adapt your strategy. Keep moving forward with a positive mindset and remember to allow time for yourself to acknowledge your feelings during the process and not to supress them. More importantly, remember another rejection is one step closer to the right opportunity!


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