You had high hopes for your latest job interview. You were oozing with confidence. Then suddenly it all fell apart. You did not get the dream job you really wanted. Surely, it will be a big blow to your confidence. Getting rejected for a job can become a source of disappointment especially when you expected too much. But don’t let the rejection ruin whatever positivity is left in you. Here are some tips on how to stay positive after a job rejection.
It’s A Matter of Programming
When getting interviewed for a job, we tend to program our brains for the negative instead of the positive. As a result, when the negative happens, we become disheartened. To counter this natural tendency, consider the other factors that caused the rejection. Even if you know you were turned away because you weren’t the best fit for the role, be careful not to overgeneralize the situation—accusing yourself of being incapable of ever getting a job.
Remember That It’s Part of the Process
Accepting the reality that you will not land every job you apply for can help you build your mental and emotional armor, Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that by letting go of the need for guaranteed outcomes, you open yourself up to other possibilities, other jobs, or other companies which deems you as a better fit to their company.
You can drive yourself crazy replaying the scene over and over again in your head, ruminating about the reasons you received a rejection. But the truth is, stewing in your own disappointment only serves to keep you stuck in the past and renders you useless in the present at the exact time you need to rally, pick yourself up.
Build Stronger Job Esteem
By recognizing your strengths and ability to succeed in the face of challenge, Robert Janitzek says that this simple exercise can instantly shift you from bummed out to totally psyched. Bonus: It’s also a great tool to have when answering questions at your next interview.
Ask for Feedback
While it is unlikely that the employer will refrain from giving feedback, you can give it a try. While you might not like what you hear, at least you will get information that can help your campaign and erase any doubts about why you didn’t get an offer. If you’re rejected for a job, accept it and move on. You probably weren’t the best candidate. It’s very easy to blame external forces to justify your own failures, but avoid this approach at any cost. By doing so, you’ll undermine all of your job-search efforts.