How to Plan Your Next Step After Job Rejection

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One of the things that most of us fear the most is rejection. And job seekers are not left behind. Many job seekers are afraid of job rejection. And if they eventually face it, the rejection weighs them down, and they might find it hard to move forward. Are you weighed down after a job rejection that you don’t know what your next step should be? Read on to know how to plan your next step after job rejection.

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Be positive.

The first thing you need to do is to be positive. Being rejected is not easy, especially if you are on the verge of getting your dream job. But you have to maintain a positive mindset. A negative one can hold you back, and you might find yourself giving up too soon. Besides, if you have a negative mindset, you might not be able to do well in future job searches. So maintain positivity and have the mindset that even though you face rejection, you are a step closer to success.

Acknowledge that you are not alone.

It hurts when you are rejected, particularly when you think you aced the interview or have the right qualification. You need to know that you are not alone. Comfort yourself with the knowledge that other applicants were rejected as well. You might have the skills, experience, or even personality, but know that only the right employer will see all these qualifications. The important thing to do is that you should not give up. They eventually got their dream job. Yours will not be different.

Understand that it might not be your fault

One thing that many job seekers don’t know is that each hiring manager has what they are looking for in a candidate. And they do not disclose what it is exactly to applicants. For instance, if a company wants to hire a female candidate because they have too many males in the company. You will be rejected if you are a male, no matter how good or qualified you are.

Besides, if you think you are an excellent candidate, you might be competing with two or more qualified candidates. And it might take them a series of deliberations before they decide to reject you. You will notice that in these two instances, you were not at fault. And you might not know that. Have it at the back of your mind when you are rejected that it might not be your fault. That will help you not take the job rejection personally. This is why you should ask for feedback from the interviewer/recruiter.

Read: Common Interview Mistakes Every job seeker make

Ask for constructive feedback.

To move past the trauma of rejection, you need to take this essential step. If you had a great interview experience with the employer, you might find yourself analyzing what went wrong. Self-analysis may not always produce a positive evaluation of your rejection. As a result, you must fully comprehend the reason behind your rejection. So, you should ask for feedback from the interviewer/recruiter. Note that the point of this is not to persuade the employer to reconsider their decision to reject you. But, you may learn some helpful strategies and make improvements to your job search as you progress.

You can either call or email the person that gave you the notification and politely inquire for some feedback. Do not appear desperate or persuasive. This can make the recruiter reluctant to share feedback with you. Instead, thank them for the update, and tell them you’re always striving to better your job hunt. And then ask if they have any input that could help you enhance your interview abilities. If the interviewer is being generic, ask them to give you specific feedback, politely, of course.

Some recruiters will give you feedback, and others might not. If you do not receive feedback, do not panic or take it personally. Try and find ways to improve yourself in all aspects. This step is crucial if you want to improve in your future job search.

Reflect and restrategize.

Now that you’ve gotten some feedback (or not), it’s time to reflect and restrategize. You have the edge of understanding how to improve your performance to wow the next recruiting manager. Saying you will do better next time is not enough, you have to plan ahead. If there is any question that caught you off-guard from the last interview, google the answers and practice them more. Reflect on the aspects of the interview that you noticed the interviewer was not too impressed with or where you did not flow well. Look into those areas and think of how you can improve them. With proper planning and practice, you will be able to impress your next interviewer.

Read: How to prepare for the job interview: the ultimate guide

Practice more

You have received feedback, and you have already planned how to improve in your next interview. It is time to put your plans into practice. You can do that in front of a mirror, a family member, or friends. You might even record it on your phone so you can hear how you sound. Know that it might come out well the first time, but consistent practice can make you get better. And when preparing answers to interview questions, you should be specific rather than generic.

Continue with your job search.

It is normal to take a break to reflect after a job rejection. However, you should use this time to reflect and plan how you will be better. After the break, you should bounce back and continue your job search. And because you have taken the time to reflect and plan, you will go back to the job market as a better person.

Final Thoughts

The bottom line is that few job seekers are lucky enough not to get rejected. Many career people you are looking up to have faced job rejection at one point or the other. But, what makes them successful is that they did not give up after rejection. Thus, you also should not give up. When you face a job rejection, the next thing is to think of what you can do better and continue. If you follow the tips in this article, then you will be closer to landing your dream job sooner than you think.


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