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4 Tips To Deal With Rejection In Your Job Search

By Scarlett @BubbleJobs

It’s a well-known fact that your job search is a rather stressful process to say the least. First of all you’ve got the long application process where you meticulously tailor your CV and cover letter for each application. You then might have a telephone interview – where you spend the majority of your time trying to seem enthusiastic through nothing but verbal communication.

Finally – if you’re lucky enough you get through to the interview process – where you’ve got the piercing eyes of an interviewer asking you loads of in-depth questions. But after all that you either get a phone call saying you were unsuccessful or you just don’t hear anything back at all. This can be really hard-hitting – especially when you thought you’d finally bagged the perfect job. But unfortunately that’s the nature of the recruitment industry and it’s important to deal with rejection well to ensure that you’re a success in your next job application.

That said; we’ve written our top tips on how to deal with rejection in your job search to make sure that you can keep calm and carry on!

1)      Dust Yourself Off

First things first – there’s no point focusing on the job that you’ve been rejected from – if you spend all your time thinking about what could’ve been then you’ll miss out new opportunities. It’s understandable that you’ll be feeling a little bit down in the dumps for a couple of days but don’t let it take over. Try and learn from your experience and begin your job search again – the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll get a job!

 2)      Ask For Feedback

After the whole process you’ve been through the least you expect is some feedback to find out why you’ve been rejected from your job search.  A lot of companies might not want to openly give their feedback so make sure you ask and find out exactly why you weren’t successful. You may find that employers don’t want to give feedback because there’s actually nothing with wrong with your technical skill – it’s just that they might think you weren’t the right fit for the company. If this is the case then the company probably wasn’t the one for you – so take that as some kind of comfort.

3)      React To Your Feedback

If you’re lucky enough to get feedback – then it’s important to make sure you act on it. Say you were going for a digital role and they said that your lack of experience in Photoshop let you down then you need to evaluate how you could have avoided that – and how you can ensure that doesn’t take you out of the running for a future job. You could look at how you answered the question and see if you can improve on your response to justify your answer. Have a look at this blog if you didn’t get the job and your unsure on what to do next.

4)      Remember That It’s Not Personal

We know that it’s hard not to take rejection personally – but when it comes to your job application you really shouldn’t!  There are so many reasons why you might not have been suitable – the other person may have fitted the role exactly or your previous job might not have been right for the job you’re going for. So don’t see it as a personal vendetta against you because it won’t be – it might just be that your skills aren’t quite right. It’s also important to make sure that you don’t carry your bad feeling to the next interview you have. If you feel nervous, have a look at our top tips on how to tell if your interview went well – this way you can weigh up in the interview how it’s going.

So there we go – four tips to deal with your job rejection. Remember that it’s important to dust yourself off and keep going – the right job will come along soon!


  1. Devon Job Board

    Great advice.

    1. Scarlett Wilson

      Thanks Jessica! Glad you found it helpful.

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