The trials of a job search can be unfathomable until you've been through the wringer. The recurring need to keep looking, applying, and going to job interviews can be taxing. To land an interview is a victory in itself - until your efforts seem to fall apart when a company rejects you. For many it is impossible to just quit, but picking yourself up after a job rejection is never easy, even if it is necessary. Here are a few tips when it feels like nothing is going your way.
Rejection can be hard and simply telling yourself to get over it won't always work. It's okay to feel disappointment, frustration, or anger - after all, we're only human. Once you accept your feelings, it can be easier to deal with it. Find an outlet to share your thoughts and emotions, including talking to friends and family, reflecting, or writing it down. However, don't get hung up on it. Recognize that success and failure comes hand in hand.
There are too many possible reasons for why you were overlooked for a job and not all of them are about you. Perhaps you made the wrong impression or you weren't the right fit for the position. Then again, maybe another candidate was just out of the world spectacular or the company pulled the opportunity because of the lack of funds. Whatever the reason, don't let it impact your confidence. Think positively. Review all of your strengths and accomplishments. Reframe this setback as another chance to find the right career fit.
Now that you realize it's not all about you, it's also important to reflect on any mistakes you may have made and learn from it. If possible, reach out to a willing hiring manager or someone in your network within the company to ask for feedback. Break down your process, assess your current skills, revise your approach, and rework your resume. However, while strategizing what changes you can make or do differently next time, don't fall into the trap of over-analyzing all of your previous preparations and actions. Remember, you can't control every factor in the process and some things will just be always out of your hands.
If you weren't already on board and following several leads at the same time, jump back into the job search and don’t let a rejection interrupt your flow for too long. Even if a company rejects you, leave communications open, but look for your next opportunity. While you may come across another setback, stay resilient or find ways to stay positive during a difficult job search.
There are many challenges to face in the job search, but overcoming them is just another way to utilize and prove your strength and mental fortitude.