HOW TO HANDLE A JOB APPLICATION REJECTION



Rejections are very common when it comes to job applications.  So, the best thing to do for yourself is not to take it personally when your application is rejected. Just because an organization rejected your application does not mean you have failed or that you will never get a job. You just have to keep pushing and not give up!

The best way to deal with rejection is to see it as an opportunity to do things differently and better.  Consider why you were rejected, analyze the situation and move on.

Easier said than done? Maybe… but, here are a few tips to help you deal with rejection and move on.


1) Get feedback - A number of employers refrain from giving feedback but there is no harm in asking. Respond to the email with gratitude, even though it hurts to be rejected, but the feedback you get from the interviewer will help you analyze and re-strategize so you can do better at your next job interview. 
Here’s an example of how to respond after your application has been rejected;

“Thank you for getting back to me about the status of my application. I appreciate the opportunity to have interviewed for the position. It was such a pleasure to meet with you.
Please do not feel obligated to answer this question, but your feedback would be great. If there was something you noticed during my interview that I could have done better, I would really like to know, as it will help me in my job search. 
Thank you very much.”

This will leave a positive impression with the interviewer; you never know what might happen, you do not want to burn bridges.

If you do not get any feedback, you can do a self-evaluation and take note of areas where you need to work on for future interviews.


2) Maintain a positive outlook – Now is the time for you to take care of yourself, don’t be too hard on yourself as this may hurt your confidence and cause you to perform poorly in subsequent interviews. 
Remember, the fact that your application was rejected does not mean that you are a failure. Rejection is only a setback that you can overcome once you figure out how to do things differently. Be careful not to over-analyze the situation.


3) Re-strategize – Now that you are done analyzing the situation and you have figured out what to do better, it’s time to re-strategize and come up with a new plan. Focus on your strengths and seek opportunities that you are passionate about, ask yourself some pertinent questions; Are you applying for the right jobs? This is to enable you determine whether you are utilizing your time properly.
Ensure that you are applying for jobs that match your qualifications, skills and strengths, as this will put you in a better position to land your dream job.

See how to ace your next interview HERE

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