We’ve all been there. You landed the interview, put your best foot forward and when you finally heard back from the company, you were told they decided to go with someone else. There isn’t a person on this earth who hasn’t experienced rejection, but that doesn’t make it any easier to swallow.
Job rejection is a normal part of life, and there’s no reason you should let it place a roadblock on your path to career advancement. Rather than letting job rejection get you down, here are seven ways bounce back and grow from it.
Realize That “No” Is a Common Word
Hiring managers review a lot of resumes and speak with many individuals with the potential to shine in the positions they have available. They have to look at several candidates to find the best fit, and this means they also have to say no to a lot of people.
Don’t Take It Personally
There’s no way a hiring manager can bring every candidate they approve of on board. A rejection isn’t personal, it’s just someone else was a better fit or had a career attribute you don’t yet possess.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Feedback
Hiring managers are professionals who are usually willing to help you understand why you didn’t get the job and what you might do to better position yourself if you were to apply with their company in the future. It’s acceptable to ask in a professional way for feedback about why you didn’t get the job, and what would have increased your chances.
View Rejection as a Growing Experience
If you’ve asked for feedback, take the opportunity to learn from it. Was it something about the way you presented yourself in the interview? Do you need to work on gaining more professional experience, training or coursework before your next job search?
Practice Makes Perfect
Interviews can be intimidating, and they can make even the most confident person feel uneasy. Try asking a friend or an acquaintance to practice with you. Come up with questions that are likely to be asked and practice your responses.
Take a Breath, Regroup and Try Again
It can be hard to keep going when you hear the word “no,” so allow yourself a moment to stop and breathe. This allows you time to move past the rejection so you don’t carry it over to the next interview.
Don’t Give Up
Finally, don’t let one – or multiple – rejections get you down. The career opportunity you’re looking for is out there, but you’re not going to find it if you let rejection cause you to sit idle. Brush yourself off, take stock of your professional self-worth and continue on to find the career opportunity you deserve.
Let Top Notch Personnel Help You on Your Next Job Search!
One of the most effective ways of getting past “no” and moving onto “yes” is by working with a staffing agency that can connect you with top employers that are looking for the talent you possess. When you’re ready to make your next career move, contact Top Notch Personnel and let us lead the way.