Surviving Job Rejection: Tips and Advice
22 February 2017

The door clicks shut behind you. You’ve just had an interview for a job, a role that you’ve aspired to fill since your eager teenage years – and it didn’t go well. You’re bombarded with a tsunami of emotions; anticipation, anxiety and dread swirl within you like a rabid sea. Or maybe that was just the weird sandwich you had for lunch.

Either way, your rejection anticipation has reached full peak when a few days later, the email you’ve been waiting for soars through the digital atmosphere and lands in your inbox like a paperweight to the head. You didn’t get the job.

Dealing with job rejection can bruise our confidence; make us feel like we’ve failed or like we have no chances of finding career success. Here at Primo Associates, we’ve collated the crème de la crème of our recruitment knowledge and come up with tips and advice help you survive job rejection and get your mojo back.


Recognise That it’s Part of the Process


Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because, according to his editor, he ‘lacked imagination and had no good ideas’. Oprah lost her first news-reporting job before landing success as an international media enigma. Failure is part of the path to success, and recognising that rejection is sometimes part of the job-hunting process allows you to focus on the bigger picture and re-build your confidence. Nothing worth doing is easy, remember that hard work and perseverance is crucial to achieving your potential.


Ask for Feedback


Constructive criticism can help us understand where we went wrong and what we can do to develop and improve both our interview skills and the jobs we’re qualified to apply for. Most employers and recruiters will happily provide feedback if requested after an interview, and actively creating a dialogue in order to understand how to better future performances is a pragmatic and positive approach to achieving our career goals. Avoid being defensive and accept your feedback with grace and the chances are you’re more likely to make a positive impression and be referred for other roles.


Consider Your Strengths and Weaknesses


Re-examine your CV and collate your most valuable skills and those that you need to improve. Logging previous faults and successes and developing stories detailing times you’ve overcome challenges in the workplace will provide you with concrete evidence of your experience and knowledge. From pre-interview research and preparation to choosing appropriate and more specific roles suited to your experience, considering your strengths and weaknesses will refresh your confidence and provide an incentive to seek out new prospects and ace future interviews.


Maintain a Positive Outlook


Your attitude to the job hunt will either help or hinder your chances of success. We’re not saying that chuckling manically after a rejection letter is healthy, but keeping a smile on your face and choosing to turn rejection into opportunity will allow you to keep focussed on your end goal and land roles that are right for you.

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