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Turning Job Rejection Into Career Success

Despite a popular belief, job rejection doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. Though job rejections are never easy, think on the bright side, it can shape your career just as much as an acceptance can. They are a necessary part of the job search process and can become opportunities for learning, growth, and long-term career success.

Here’s few ways to turn a job rejection into success:

1. Ask for Feedback

By contacting the hiring manager shortly after receiving the news you’ve been rejected, you can grasp an idea on how to improve your interviewing and self-promotion skills, as well as where your experience and qualifications may fall short for their desired role.

You are also making a good impression, and perhaps building a relationship for a future benefit.

2. Refocus your efforts and goals

If a pattern of rejection persists, there may be a disconnect between your abilities and your goals. We’d suggest that after multiple rejections, you’d re-assess if your career aspirations align with your strengths and skill set. Perhaps talk to a career advisor.

3. Gives you a chance to develop a plan.

Once you have feedback, you can develop a plan on what to change. Tangible differences such as certifications, qualifications, or years of experience are easier to qualify, and address. There is always something we can do to make us more employable, increase our skills or make ourselves more knowledgeable for the future. You never know, doing one course can make a difference between getting a job and being rejected, or even an extra salary.

4. Research successful candidates

You may be asking yourself “What did they have that I didn’t?”

The best thing is to find out!

It is likely that the successful candidate will update their LinkedIn profile with their new role. This is a great opportunity to find out what skills, experience or attributes the successful candidate is able to demonstrate from previous roles. These can be turned into career objectives of yours should you want to continue your pursuit of a job with the same title or with the same company. Or, depending upon the notice period of the hire or the length of the onboarding process, it might be better to check the company's employees with the same title.

Of course, rejections will hurt at first but always look on the brighter side. The information you receive from interviewer feedback, and from your research will teach you what you need to learn and how you could adapt your technique so that you are more employable in the future. Remember to be patient, it’s more than likely you’ll have to be persistent and tenacious, and attend a number of interviews before you become successful.

Don't give up!


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