Being rejected from a job application, is a reality that you will probably face at some point; regardless of how skilled or qualified you may be.
1. Don’t take it personally
Sometimes there’s nothing you could have done differently to have got the job; maybe you weren’t the best match for the team, or someone else was more qualified for this particular position than you. Employers evaluate many different factors when searching for staff and many of them are beyond your control. Rejection doesn’t automatically mean that you are not a qualified individual or a good professional; instead it is a matter of whether or not you are perceived as the best fit for a list of specific criteria.
2. Don’t over-analyse it
Thinking over and over about the -hypothetical or not- reason which led to your rejection only leaves you numb and unable to move forward. Obsessing over a past rejection is counter-productive and it may prevent you from evolving and recognising new opportunities that will eventually come.
3. Take the feedback seriously – but not too seriously
Asking for feedback is something that can potentially help you in the process of self-evaluation that sometimes follows a rejection. Don’t blame yourself though; instead try to identify the things that can be improved and grab the opportunity to turn an unpleasant situation to something useful and helpful in your future applications. Have in mind, however, that the feedback may include points that refer to this particular job and not the job market in general, so don’t be afraid to not follow it to the letter.
4. Focus on your strengths
Being consumed by a negative experience does you no favours. Make a list of all the things that you’re good at and try to concentrate on how you will evolve and grow around those skills, as well as how you will present these. Sometimes rejections force us to re-evaluate our choices so far and look for different approaches and alternatives. Understanding your skill-set will guide you to jobs better fitted for you.
5. Remember that it’s all part of the process
It is very hard to succeed in every job application you make, even if you’re a veteran at the job market. It is a difficulty that we should all learn to overcome at some point. Who knows? Maybe the job that you didn’t get wasn’t the perfect match for you anyway!
6. Move on
Job hunting is a skill in itself, so don’t be afraid of rejection; you will gain in experience. Apply for more jobs and through trial and error you will eventually find your way. Keep your eyes open and don’t back down, the perfect position for you is just around the corner!