The job-search process is a lot like baseball: Nobody bats 1.000. Even if you’re a super well-qualified worker with lots of great contacts and experience, you’re bound to get passed up for some opportunities. It’s the nature of the beast. This can extremely disheartening, since sending out resumes and sitting through interviews requires a lot of time and preparation. You’re putting yourself out there, and when companies call to say they’ve chosen someone else — or they don’t call it all — it’s easy to feel discouraged. Luckily, Bubble Jobs digital marketing exec Scarlett Wilson can help. In a fantastic piece for Business2Community.com, she outlines “4 Tips to Deal With Rejection In Your Job Search.” Read on to see how Wilson recommends staying strong in the face of adversity.
1. Brush Yourself Off and Begin Again — You know that old saying “what’s done is done?” Wilson is a firm believer. It’s OK to feel bad about not getting the job, she says, but rather than dwell on what you did wrong, you should try to learn from the experience and get back out there. You can’t stew forever. The next great opportunity could be right around the corner.
2. Try for Feedback — Companies don’t always like to elaborate on their hiring decisions, but it’s worth reaching out and trying to get some feedback on why your interview didn’t result in a job offer. As Wilson writes, you might find out that you weren’t lacking any specific skills or experiences. Sometimes, hiring managers simply don’t feel you’re the right fit. “If this is the case,” Wilson writes, “then the company probably wasn’t the one for you – so take that as some kind of comfort.”
3. Use that Feedback — If the company does get back to you with specific information on why you didn’t get the job, you’re in luck. Maybe your Microsoft Office skills aren’t up to snuff, or maybe they didn’t like how you answered that question about where you see yourself in five years. Use this information as you prepare for your next interview and increase your chances of landing the gig.
4. Don’t Take It Personally — Remember, there are a lot of people out there looking for jobs, so when you get turned down, it might just mean someone else fit into the role a little better. It’s not necessarily a knock against you or your abilities. Don’t take things personally, and don’t carry bad feelings into your next interview. Stay positive — the right job is out there. You’ve just got to find it.