January 29, 2016

HOW TO | Dealing with job rejection

I've been wanting to write this post for a while now, but never saw the right opportunity to actually do so but the chance finally arrived when I received some great news this week - I finally bagged myself a job! Saying that though, I've definitely had my fair share of rejections from plenty and know how awful it can feel, especially when its for a job that you KNOW you'd be perfect for, so I've put a little list of how to cope when you don't hear the news you want.

1) Its not the end of the world
Sometimes, being told you haven't got the job you wanted is absolutely devastating, especially when you put your all into the application and interview process. Remember this though - it's not the end of the world, even if it feels like it right now. There are more opportunities out there, even if you can't see them right now! 

2)  There is always a positive
Being rejected for a job isn't all negative. It gives you the chance to learn more and improve on your performance and approach to future jobs, giving you a better shot at getting the job you want next time.

3) You are not alone
You're not the first to be rejected for a job and you won't be the last. Unless you know a super lucky person who has never experienced not getting what they wanted, there are others out in the world that has gone through the disappointment of not getting a job. Speak to them, ask them about their experiences and grow from it.

4) Take some time
Sometimes jumping right back in to job hunting won't help you as you haven't had the time to process and get over the rejection from the last job you applied for, and this is going to affect the way you feel about future prospects - take a break from the constant applying and think about what you really want.

5) Don't take it so personally
There are a lot of factors in play when it comes to job recruitment, so don't think it was you who was the problem! There are multiple decisions that employers have to think about before hiring someone, so don't take it to heart if you are rejected.

Have you been rejected from a job before? What tip would you give for dealing with job rejection?




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  1. Such a great post - it is so disheartening to be rejected for a job, whether you had your set on it or not. I think what really frustrates and disheartens me though is when you don't hear back one way or the other! So many jobs I applied for before I got my current one just didn't let me know. That's frustrating. But a rejection is disappointing and can really set you back. Definitely take some time to regroup before applying again. And good luck with your new job! Congrats :) x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Oh yeah, being ignored/not having them tell you whether you have the job or not is awful! I'd rather hear no than nothing at all to be honest and yes, taking a step back before applying for more is always going to be better for you than jumping straight into it and not having your head in the right place. Thank you as well!x

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  2. I think it is always so important to ask for feedback if you get rejected! Just ask them honestly if there was anything you could improve on. Like you said, there is a positive as you can then learn from any mistakes or they might tell you that you were perfect but someone came along with more experience or wanting a lower salary!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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    1. Yes, definitely! It can be quite scary asking for feedback though when you've just been rejected I think. Usually a lot of jobs do tend to tell you why though in a nice way so that's always nice haha x

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  3. Congrats on your new job! Yes I totally get the job rejection as well, it can be so disheartening going to lots of interviews and getting rejected at everyone, but you're tips are great!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

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  4. Congratulations on your new job, beautiful! I would say that to deal with job rejection you should stay strong and keep on trying, maybe it wasn't meant for you, you'll eventually find that job that suits you!
    I hope you have a great day, lovely xx

    Sel♥
    selenaponcestyle.blogspot.com.es

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    1. Thank you lovely! Yes, staying strong is important and sometimes to do that you need to take a step back and get yourself back to your best state ready for the next job you try and go for!

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  5. Great tips! It's sometimes so hard to deal with it ...
    Nati xx
    www.simplyartdicted.com

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    1. Glad you like them and yes, sometimes there is just that one job you was set on and you didn't get and it sucks!

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  6. Great post & tips! Congrats on the new job by the way :) it's actually good practice for your next interview, learning where you went wrong or asking for feedback as Jodie mentioned so you can then improve. A few years back I felt like the most rejected person on the planet. I just took a break with the job hunt and eventually a job ended up finding me. Everything happens for a reason!

    Love Hannah xx

    HannahHawes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ah thank you lovely! I've had so much interview practice over the last 8 months or so I could probably teach a class on how to be better haha and yes, that's what happened to me! I took a break because it was causing so much stress and then this job landed in front of me that was perfect ahh!

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  7. Congrats on the new job! So exciting! Such a good post to write. I remember when I used to job hunt some people wouldn't even respond to my resume submissions. Once I got to a 4th interview and got rejected. It sucks, but everyone goes through it and it's so nice that you shared that.
    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

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  8. Great post!! I couldn't have read this at a better time. Been looking for jobs since I graduated from uni and either don't get the job or don't hear back from them. It is really disheartening and frustrating at times but your right- I need to stay positive and keep going. So happy I found your blog- such a lovely post.

    Chrissy x | chaptersevern.blogspot.co.uk

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