What to do After Being Rejected

So, you just had an interview for a job you wanted and are now hoping for the call saying you got the job! Instead, you get a generic email informing you that the position has been filled. Job-hunting can be life-altering, not just the rejection part of it but the whole process itself. Here are some tips to help you get through it.

Vent, but not so openly
It’s ok to feel frustrated or disappointed, talking about the rejection might help you get some very much needed perspective. Don’t talk to everyone about it, keep it close to your friend and family offline, don’t share on social media. Yes, we know social media has become the new platform for therapy, but you don’t want to run the risk of appearing unprofessional.

Think!
Once the initial feeling of rejection sets in, reflect on your experience. What did you learn from the application or interview process, the feedback and decide what you can do to improve? Some employers are now more willing to share or offer feedback, especially if you made it into the later stages of their hiring process. The feedback they provide can help you recognize areas that you can improve on.

Practice
Once you receive feedback, it is always helpful to practice. Whether it be with your friend, family member or even an old colleague. A lot of the times it takes honest self-reflection to figure out what you could have done better.

Hold your head up high.
Remember that everything happens for a reason, rejection is a part of life. Stay positive, work through it and move on. Trust that the right jobs are out there and will come at the right time, accepting that rejections are just a part of the process.

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