Ouch! Job Hunting Rejection Can Hurt

Ouch! Job Hunting Rejection Can HurtBut it’s not the end of the world

No matter how well you’ve written your cover letter and resume and how you’ve performed in the interview, there are just some jobs that weren’t meant to be yours.  At some stage you’re bound to have to deal with rejection when an employer chooses someone else over you.  As hard as it might be, keep in mind that rejection is part of job hunting and that something else will be out there for you.

With that in mind, here are some tips to keep in mind when dealing with a job-hunting rejection:

It’s not personal.  Though it might feel that way initially, not getting the job doesn’t mean it’s a rejection of you as a person.  If you’ve been to an interview, just think, plenty of people probably didn’t even make it this far.  The rejection doesn’t necessarily mean that you didn’t perform well, the interviewer maybe didn’t think you were the right fit for the position.

Focus on the positives.  Think about what you can do well and how you manage to be a great parent and a great employee all at the same time.  If you’re feeling too down to think about anything positive, talk to your partner or a friend and have them outline your skills and your strengths.  Hearing it from someone else will surely boost your confidence and bring you into a more positive frame of mind.

It’s an opportunity!  Review your cover letter, resume and correspondence you had with the previous interviewer; are there areas that you could improve on?  If possible, get feedback from the previous interviewer.  You’ll then know exactly what areas to improve; maybe you didn’t present well or you were missing a crucial skill?  Knowing these details gives you an edge at your next interview.

Lastly, don’t let the negativity of a rejection get you down.  Every day is a new day and you should treat every job application as a fresh start.  Your ideal job is out there and a rejection, as long as you learn from it, should be seen as stepping stone that will lead to your eventual success.


Leigh Grigaliunas

Leigh is an owner and co-founder of School Hours Pty Ltd.Leigh's passion for helping others coupled with his desire to achieve a balance between raising children and earning a living, lead him to create School Hours Pty Ltd with his wife Yasmin.School Hours will be the place to go for Australian parents wanting to connect with progressive thinking, family friendly employers.

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