How to Deal with Job Rejection

So you’ve just been rejected from your dream job – a job you thought you had in the bag.

Here are a few tips to help you deal with the rejection, and move on to bigger, brighter things.


1. Seek and Learn from Feedback

Always try to find out why you didn’t get the job. Feedback is not always automatically offered so you might need to do a little digging to get the information you need.

Getting the feedback isn’t enough. Don’t stop there. You need to treat it as a learning opportunity and put the lessons learnt into practice.

2. Don’t beat yourself up

If you never try, you’ll never be in the position to be rejected and you’ll never grow professionally. So don’t beat yourself – anyone that has got anywhere with their career will have been rejected at some point. After all, you have only been rejected for one job, not every other future opportunity.

3. Talk to others

Talking to a friend or recruitment consultant can really help you get an outside perspective on the situation and may help you deal with rejection in a more rational and constructive way.

4. Don’t take it personally

Even the best, most experienced candidates get rejected, so don’t take it personally. Just because you didn’t get the job, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t a great candidate, it simply means that you weren’t quite the right fit for the job or the employer.

5. You may have dodged a bullet

It might not feel like it at the time, but rejection for a particular job may be the best thing that could happen. Think about it – no matter how much you wanted the job, maybe the job or the company just wasn’t quite the right fit for you. So maybe the hiring manager did you a favour and the next job that comes along could be perfect.

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