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If you’ve been on the hunt for a new job for any length of time, chances are that you’ve had to deal with rejection. Hearing “No.” from potential employers can take a huge toll mentally, but don’t despair! Here are five tips to help you land on your feet and get ready for the next opportunity:
Don’t Take Rejection Personally: There could be any number of reasons that you didn’t get the job, but the important thing is to shake it off and keep trying. If rejection weighs you down mentally, try reframing it into a positive by determining the reasons that the job may not have been the best fit for you in the first place, or try to refocus that energy on finding new opportunities to pursue.
Ask for Feedback: If you don’t get a call back be sure to ask for feedback from the person or team you interviewed with in order to better understand areas in which you can improve.
Learn from Your Previous Interviews: Give serious consideration to not only the feedback that you receive post-interview, but also to the interview process itself, in its entirety. Mentally review areas in which you could have been better prepared or have offered more suitable answers to questions. It’s also a great idea to look for patterns in both the questions that were asked of you, as well as your behavior and answers, across multiple interviews in order to determine where you may improve.
Practice Your Interview Skills: Practice makes perfect! Have a friend or family member deliver some of the more common questions you’ve heard during the interview process to you so that you may practice your responses and be better suited for your next big chance!
Revise Your Approach: Sometimes we’re just going about things wrong. If you’re having sustained difficulty finding a job, take the time to ensure that your skills and experience are properly aligned with the positions you’re applying for, and adjust as necessary. Additionally, take the time to ensure that your cover letter and resume are properly targeted and always be certain to go into each interview armed with knowledge about the company you’re looking to join so that you may speak intelligently during the interview itself.
Rejection is never easy, but it’s important to remember that, in the end, it’s how you handle the rejection that defines you, not the rejection itself. And, if you’re having trouble finding a position that suits you, AtWork is here to help. Visit AtWork.com/locations today to find a branch near you!