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Didn’t Get The job? Here’s How To Deal With Rejection Gracefully

You think you’ve nailed the job interview but then you find yourself getting more complacent with every second that passes. You stare at your phone waiting for it to ring, like a forlorn teenager.

And then it happens…

The dreaded rejection call.

Rejection whilst disappointing at the time, needn’t be as bigger failure as some of us make it out to be. Even some of the most successful business men and women have been rejected at some point in their career.

Here’s a few ways to spin it on its head so you can learn how to take the rejection gracefully…

Success Follows Failure

Although it may feel like a failure at the time, just remember failure isn’t fatal. Everybody has been rejected at some point in their life. Yes, even Richard Branson and Bill gates.

Rather than reacting with denial or resistance that can create negative thought patterns that can be destructive, focus on being aware of what may have contributed to your job rejection.  Accept that it occurred and is now out of your control and adapt by learning the lessons from the loss, creating a goal to land the next role you apply for.

“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” ― Michael Jordan

Use Loss As A Lesson

The best way to turn your failure into a positive, is to learn from your loss. Ask for feedback. What could you have done better? Most recruiters will be more than willing to give you feedback as they want you to succeed and to do better next time.

And what do you do with the feedback? It’s important to remember that the feedback is not list of things you did wrong – it’s a list of what to strengthen next round, and what you could do better.  Focus on forever improving and learning how to get better.

Focus On Moving Forward

Now that you have acknowledged what you could have done better, and you have accepted the outcome of the interview, it’s time to get over it and move on. Don’t allow yourself to wallow in disappointment.

Get a plan of action.  Where your potential weaknesses are concerned, think of ways you can improve them. Get a mentor, take up a course to increase your skills, and maybe even get a stylist so you can rock that interview power outfit!  And then think about what job you want to pursue, vision yourself getting that job and make it happen!

If you need help chasing your dream career, feel free to contact me via LinkedIn.

About The Author

Having worked in the Resourcing industry for over 15 years, Kadine Barr has extensive experience of managed services. Based in Brisbane, Kadine has great experience and knowledge across all aspects of the resourcing lifecycle, candidate attraction and client engagement.  She loves working hard to bring the best results for her candidates and clients.

Follow Kadine on LinkedIn HERE.

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