10 Ways To Deal With Job Rejection

10 Ways to Deal with Job Rejectionby Anastasia Evans

Depending on the level of competitiveness in your chosen field –and increasingly, even in more open fields – job rejections are unhappily common. Graduates have faced a rough job market for years, and the bottleneck of talented candidates is still reality in a number of areas.

Don’t let failed applications bring you down. Here are 10 ways to deal with job rejection.

  1. Go through the stages of grief.

Losing a potential job is a tragic process – you basically witness the future you had imagined slipping away. Ignoring feelings of rejection will be bad for you in the long run, so embrace them instead. Go through the stages of grief; the denial, the anger, the depression, and the acceptance. Eat a tub of ice cream if it makes you feel better (although if your field is competitive, you may want to switch to frozen yogurt)!

  1. Consider what went wrong.

If you know that you had a thoroughly cringe-worthy interview, or if you’ve realized too late that you made an unforgivable mistake on your CV, it’s a lot easier to accept that your recruiters didn’t think you were the right fit. Look over your application, and seriously consider if you may have accidentally called your interviewer ‘mum.’

  1. Ask for feedback.

Regardless of whether you think you know the reasons, it always pays to get some feedback. Best case scenario: you get some constructive criticism that you can take on board, address, and improve on for the future. Worst case scenario: your recruiter tells you that had your skirt tucked into your knickers for the entire hour, and that it was too distracting to hear a word you said.

  1. Move on.

Search for other jobs! There are always plenty more fish in the sea, no matter what you might be starting to believe. Spend some time fishing around, and find one which really suits your skills: a company that shares your values and goals will be much easier to convince to hire you. Find a role matching your experience, strengths, and offers development to target areas you could improve on. It will be out there, even if it’s hiding somewhere you might not expect.

  1. Apply, apply, apply!

It can be a laborious process, but get yourself back out into the jobs market. Find the balance between being too picky (you do want a job out of this after all), and sending out blanket applications that sound impersonal. Network – even if only over LinkedIn – so that people will recognize the name on your CV.

  1. Intern.

If you’re just starting out, consider getting more experience in your field before searching for your ‘real job.’ While plenty of new graduates intern out of necessity, it is also a great way to improve your employability and confirm that you’re applying for the right jobs. You may discover that you don’t even like your chosen company or field. Notoriously, some internships are unpaid, but plenty provide basic expenses while you work, which is surely worth the boost to your CV and the reassurance that you’re following your dream.

  1. Get a related job.

If you’re between jobs or newly graduated, consider getting a basic job to tide you over. All experience provides you with new skills that will make you more employable in the future, so even if you’re working as a shop assistant with a Masters degree, those extra people skills will allow you to create a better impression later on. It will break up the process of perpetual CV improvement, and reassure you that lots of people appreciate your skills. Also: money!

  1. Don’t let your job search define you.

As much as it can feel like it – especially having spent three or four years of your degree working towards your first job – a career isn’t everything. It’s unusual to have time away from work, so appreciate this. Your job will not define who you are, especially at the beginning, so try not to let it affect your mood.

  1. Remember, time is on your side.

Look to the pasts of famous success stories. Remember how Harpers Bazaar sacked Anna Wintour way before Vogue had even heard her name? That Andy Warhol’s paintings were refused, even as a gift, from the Museum of Modern Art? And that Winston Churchill didn’t become prime minister until he was 62? These people changed the faces of their industries later in life; you have plenty of time.

  1. Consider the benefits.

When you finally get your break, you’ll look back to this period, realizing that each experience built your character and taught you something new. You’ll appreciate your new career, and work harder as a result. They could actually be good for you!

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4 Signs You’re Not Leadership Material

Gen Y Girl

leadership material

I don’t know who came up with this extremely popular notion of promoting employees into leadership positions based on tenure, but to whoever’s responsible..stupid idea, bro.

The truth of the matter is this…


And that’s okay!

Just because you’re a genius in your field…

Just because you’ve been at your job for twenty-some odd years…

It doesn’t mean you have to have direct reports.

It takes really particular skills to be a manager.

Heck- it takes a whole lot of patience too.

And for that reason, throughout my career I’ve been absolutely dumfounded when I’ve seen some not-so-leadership-material employees placed inmanagerial positions.

Let me say it again.


And like I said…that’s okay.

You can still be a genius.

You can still be kick-ass at your job.

But if you’re not leadership material, please, for God’s sake…don’t make other peoplesuffer.

Nowsome of…

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How to Respond to “Difficult Situation” Questions in Your Interview

Find meaning at work and advance in your career.

Adversity appears in some form in all jobs. A person’s ability to handle difficult or confrontational situations is important to success in any position. During your interviews, it is likely you will receive some type of question about how you deal with challenges. Preparing an effective response in advance could have a significant impact in landing the job you want.

Question Examples

An interviewer may simply ask, “How do you handle adversity?” Or they may be less direct and ask an alternative behavioral question, “Can you describe a time when you handled a difficult situation at work?” A few other possibilities:

  • “Describe a time when you had to deal with a difficult situation. How did you handle it and what was the outcome?”
  • “Can you describe a challenge you have faced? What did you do to overcome it?”
  • “Can you give an example of a time you successfully dealt with…

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Catch People Doing Something Right

How We Lead

Asian Business PeopleI believe the key to developing employees and building a great organization is to wander around and catch people doing things right. This is a powerful management concept that isn’t used as often as it should be. Unfortunately, most leaders tend to focus on the things that are being done wrong so they can fix them.

The best way to start this habit is to take an hour out of your week to just walk around and observe what goes on in your organization. I know you’ll see several examples of people who are doing the right thing: conducting business with corporate values in mind. When you see this happening, praise the individual.

Remember, though—effective praising has to be specific. Just walking around saying “thanks for everything” is meaningless. If you say “great job” to a poor performer and the same thing to a good performer, you’ll sound ridiculous to…

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Before You Develop Your New Year’s Career Resolutions, Read This!

Spartans Helping Spartans

By Karen J. Reiff, MCC, ACRW, JCTC (Guest Blogger)

With my head full of ideas, I share my favorite take-aways from the recent Career Thought Leaders Conference for job-seekers:

  1. You must grow your own muscles – a coach can assist you, but you have to do the lifting
  2. Recruiting is broken; your own job search isn’t. Monster and Career Builder fundamentally ruined the job search process.
  3. Run your career like a business- think more like the plumber: I am the expert you need
  4. Create dragon-slaying stories: “I came, I saw, I conquered”
  5. Branding is YOUR responsibility – the narrow your brand, the better
  6. You need the right tools to conduct a successful job search
  7. Tools include: creative, accomplishments-based resume, cover letter, bio, complete LinkedIn Profile AND a referral-based job search strategy.
  8. Black holes really do exist- every time a job seeker posts a resume to an online job posting, the likelihood…

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