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How To Handle Job Search Rejection

Posted by Michael Diep

Nov 17, 2017 2:50:24 PM


"Dear Jane Doe

Thank you for the interest you’ve shown in ABC Industries and the position of Receiving Clerk for which you applied.                                                                                 

We regret to inform you that you have not been selected for further consideration for the position. We wish you luck with your job search endeavors.


John Smith”


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How can this be? You’ve found a job that really suited your talents and qualifications. You waited so patiently to hear from the company, unsure if your application was even looked at. But you finally get an interview, you even were invited back for a second interview! You’re feeling great as the interview process is coming to an end and confidence is soaring. Then you receive the rejection letter in the mail.

No matter what stage you are at in the job search process, rejection is a possibility and a fearful component to deal with in your job search. It’s an unfortunate reality that most job hunts involve a long and rigorous process that often induces fatigue. With rejection lurking behind each opportunity, there's always a risk that your confidence can be crushed.

Dealing with rejection can take a toll on an eager job-seeker - so much so that behavior can be altered, and ambition becomes nonexistent. If you are subjected to job rejection or would like to equip yourself for possible future use, follow these guidelines to overcome the dampening effects of job rejection and possibly in different realms of your life.

relevent: Why You Didn't Get The Job


A company that is actively looking for a candidate to fill a position will have a pool of talent that want that job. You will be faced with competition of all sorts of backgrounds and experiences, and even though you felt like you gave the interview of your lifetime and you displayed your qualifications, you find yourself still jobless. It hurts. Many people fall into despair when they get rejected from a job opportunity, confidence is broken, and insecurities begin to surface.

Do not fall under this demise. Counteract this natural inclination by having an objective view on the whole picture instead of a subjective idea of the hiring process. There are many reasons why you were not chosen, many of which can be unrelated to your abilities, perhaps they hired someone that would accept a lower salary, or they hired someone from within the company.  You must also acknowledge that there could be a better candidate for the position which is a hard idea to swallow but it must be understood to endure rejection.


It’s a fantastic feeling to finally land an interview after applying to so many jobs. It’s totally fine to be excited for this opportunity but don’t make the mistake of betting on one specific job with the belief that it’s a perfect fit. There’s never a guarantee with being hired in and if you don’t happen to get the job, you may be subjected to an even harder blow of disappointment. The takeaway? Apply for multiple positions, allow each opportunity to unfold, consider all of your options, and avoid overconfidence. There are plenty of open doors waiting for you step through, be patient and persistent and you will find success. 


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If you find yourself jobless after an interview, you may want to consider asking for constructive feedback from the employer. While this may seem like adding self-inflicted insult to injury, you will gain valuable information that can help you improve any relevant weakness. Asking for feedback can also ease any doubts you had about your competency, this can be terrifying but if you accept the facts, your journey for self-improvement can begin.


Once rejected, you become vulnerable to yourself. It’s very easy to blame yourself and find faults within your qualifications, your resume, or even your personality. You cannot allow this to happen! Instead, try your best to be positive and focus on your strengths and job qualifications. Narrow your job search that follow suit with your strengths and identify opportunities that you are passionate about. There's no doubt that your passion will be recognized by future interviewers.


We all learn from our experiences, and interviewing is no different. Interviewing is a crucial skill to learn and it takes practice. Assess where you need to improve and keep on practicing - it will make a huge difference and employers will take notice. However, if you feel as if you provided the best interview that you could and still did not get hired, accept their decision with the belief that it was not you that influenced their decision. Be happy and empowered that you were considered as a potential employee while many others did not have the opportunity you were given. Stay positive and resilient to rejection and you will find yourself employed soon enough.

Topics: Tips, Job Search, Employment

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