Here’s the thing: dealing with rejection is never fun. You never hope that you get turned down for something. However, it is possible to deal with that letdown in a way that presents you in the best way possible—and hopefully sets you up for even better opportunities in the future.
1. Accept Rejection As a Fundamental Part of Life
Let’s face it: no matter how pretty a picture you paint of your life on social media, there are bound to be many, many moments where you’ve suffered a failure. The thing is, no one is above failure, and it’s bound to happen at some point in your career.
There’s beauty in failing, such as discovering who you are and how resilient you can be. Accepting failure means that you are open to growing and welcoming new opportunities into your life, like a job that is truly meant for you.
2.Remind Yourself of the Odds
Depending on the industry and job, there might be hundreds of people competing for that one job opening. However, how many of those people are just as qualified as you? Remember that you’re not the only candidate with the right education and skill set. If you were, you’d be the only person interviewing for the job, and that’s likely not the case.
3.Make Sure You’re Not Over-Qualified
Most good employers will question why you’re applying for a job that you’re overqualified for. They might think that you’re desperate or that you’ll abandon ship. if you’re changing careers, make sure you make it clear that you know that changing sometimes means starting over from the bottom.
4. Keep the Door Open
Even if the last thing you want to do is connect with the company that turned you down, you should. Send an email thanking the interviewer for the opportunity to have interviewed with the organization, and although you may not have been a fit for the position, you still would like to be possibly considered for any future roles. This shows a high level of professionalism and paints you in a positive light. It also leaves the door open to the chance of working with the company down the road.
If you’re open to feedback, it can be an enlightening learning experience if you’re open to it. Let them know that you’re still actively continuing your job search and would value any insights they have about how you could be an even more impressive candidate.
Be aware that not everybody will provide feedback. Some companies have policies against it. If you get some helpful feedback in return, that’s great. But, if not, even asking shows that you’re someone who’s not only willing to accept disappointments but learn and grow from them.
6.Understand What You Can’t Control
While you can control how well you do in your interview, there’s a lot that you can’t control about who gets the job. You might have every requested skill set and the perfect work history for a specific position. Yet unbeknownst to you, the company already has an internal candidate in mind for the role. Regardless, it’s important to know what you can and can’t control.
7.Accelerate Your Job Search
While a job rejection might leave you a little shaken, it’s in your best interest to keep on job searching!
Working on your job search can give you something positive to focus on and keep your mind busy instead of dwelling on what went wrong. Use your job rejection to motivate and fuel your search forward.
So after allowing yourself to experience the initial letdown, pick yourself back up: there’s a job out there for which you’re the perfect fit.