5 Ways to Handle Constant Job Rejections

By Alyanna Silvestre
Published November 18, 2021

Many of us know the familiar pain and anxiety of submitting a job application, finishing your job interview, and waiting for what feels like ages for any sort of response only to receive a rejection letter, email, or phone call in the end.

This scenario can be tough to digest. It's disheartening, frustrating, and could negatively affect your performance in future interviews. This is especially true if you get turned down multiple times in a row. However, while dealing with rejection is never fun, it is a natural part of the job-hunting process that you should view as a learning opportunity. So, instead of letting the anxiety and disappointment caused by rejection cloud your thinking, here are five things to remember for you to bounce back from rejection and avoid having such a setback keep you from applying for other options.

  1. Don't take it personally and keep your emotions in check

The hiring process is subjective, and again, rejection is a natural part of the job search.

Recruiters are bound to make decisions based on several factors, and turning down a candidate has less to do with the applicant and more with the company and the number of people competing for the job, so don't read too much into it. If you get turned down, it's not because there's something innately wrong with you. You did the best you could and there really are things that we can't control, so give yourself a break and allow yourself to process your feelings. 

  1. Analyze and Reflect

Once you've come to terms with the employer's or recruiter's decision, take this unfortunate event as a chance to improve yourself and prepare for future job opportunities by weighing in on your performance during the entirety of the hiring process and thinking about what you could have done differently.

  1. Ask for feedback

Asking for feedback is one way to turn a job rejection into a learning opportunity. While it may not end well as some employers or recruiters can not provide feedback due to internal policies or busy schedules, it's still worth a shot because asking for constructive feedback can help you understand what went right and wrong. Doing so can play a significant role not only in improving your resume and broadening your skillset but also in putting an end to self-doubt.

  1. Maintain a fresh take

Each job opportunity is different from one another, and each company has its own 'ideal candidate,' so if you've been taking on all your interviews in the same tone, you may want to tailor-fit your approach for each opportunity that comes your way to show you're the perfect-fit candidate.

  1. Keep going

You've pampered yourself, you've evaluated your performance, you've identified rooms for improvement, and hopefully, you've made an effort to actually improve yourself to prepare for future job openings you'd like to take. Now, all there's left to do to ultimately pick yourself back up is continue your hunt once again. There's still plenty of opportunities out there, and there may be more than one that's perfect for you.

And there you have it. Happy hunting, job seekers! 

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