Jobs and Careers
How to rebound from a job rejection
For some of us, this summer marks the end of an era, the end of our time at university. For those whose academic journey has come to end, it’s time to enter the professional world and start applying for jobs.
As much as we’d all like the process to be as simple as applying and succeeding in receiving a job offer, that’s not always the way it works. Sometimes, you’ve got to get through a few rejections before landing a job.
The only trouble is that rejections can be hard to bounce back from. Let’s face it, being rejected can sting a bit, but if you want to find the perfect job, you’ll need to learn how to bounce back from rejections.
It’s easy to take rejections personally, but it’s really important that you stay positive, and learn from the experience.
Sometimes, it’s actually better to receive a few rejections before receiving an offer. Why? Because the whole process is a learning curve. If you’re not successful in your job applications, you can learn from this, and eventually, you’ll perfect your applications and interviews. You might also learn more about yourself, and which positions are more suited to you.
Ask for feedback
When someone breaks the news that you weren’t successful in your application, the best thing you can do is ask for feedback.
This way you can better prepare for future interviews and applications, and learn from the experience.
Feedback might be painful to hear, but remember, try not to take it personally. Think about how often you’ve received feedback on your academic work, and treat feedback from job rejections with the same attitude. The more feedback you have, the more helpful it is.
Spend some time reflecting
Whether you’ve received feedback or not, reflection is something that can help you prepare for future job applications, and something that’s an important skill to master.
Think back to your application, or your interview, and think about what went well, and what didn’t. Were there certain questions that left you stumped? Were there certain questions that you answered confidently?
Make notes of your reflections, and refer back to them when you’re preparing for another interview or application.
Apply for a personal mentor
A personal mentor can introduce you to the professional world, and help you with your job applications. So if you’ve had a couple of job rejections, a personal mentor could be just what you need. They can help you bounce back and land a job that’s right for you.
You can find out more about applying for a personal mentor by emailing email@example.com
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