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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!

Read the original posting on Careerealism HERE

7 Cover Letter Mistakes You Make When Applying Via E-mail

How many times have you replied to a job ad via e-mail by shooting them a copy of your resume and cover letter?

I’m going to venture a guess and say at least 20 (but more likely hundreds of times) if you’ve been searching for any significant length of time.

Cover Letter Mistakes

Here are some of the most notorious cover letter mistakes we’ve seen and what you can do to greatly improve your chances of being noticed.

1. Attaching The Cover Letter To The E-mail
What’s wrong with that, you ask? Most hiring managers aren’t going to open the cover letter and read it. They’ll go straight to the resume instead. Want to ensure your cover letter gets read? Copy and paste it into the body of the e-mail. Whoever received the e-mail will be much more likely to read it if it’s already right there in front of their face.

2. Writing Your Whole Life Story In The Body Of The E-mail
Don’t go overboard with details; keep it short. The hiring manager won’t be willing to invest a lot of time reading your e-mail. Keep it short and to the point.

3. Providing Information Not Relevant To The Position
Here is a great example. When I want to bring an additional resume/cover letter writer on staff, I’m not looking for someone with technical writing expertise, article writing skills, or journalism savvy. Those forms of writing aren’t relevant to what we do here. I want a writer who has extensive expertise and certification in resume writing.

If someone goes on and on in their cover letter (or in the body of the e-mail) about all their other writing experience, they will lose my interest. Instead, I want them to tell me about their most relevant experience as it relates to my needs. I want them to tell me about any resume writing experience they have. Give the hiring manager a brief overview of the most relevant experience you have, appropriate to the position they are trying to fill. This will pique their interest—rather than lose it.

4. Excluding Information They’ve Specifically Asked You To Include
Depending on the position, the employer may ask you to submit a sample of your work, portfolio, hours of availability, or even salary requirements. Whatever it is they’ve asked you to include, make sure you include it in your cover letter.

If not, you will most certainly be removed from consideration for failing to follow instructions. Following instructions and acknowledging everything the employer has asked you to address in the job ad not only saves the employer time but makes you look good. I can tell you this from experience because 9 out of 10 applicants will fail to address every stipulation the employer has listed. It happens to us all the time.

5. Not Using A Cover Letter At All
We’ve received e-mails from applicants, and the body of the e-mail provides either little or no information whatsoever.  Some simply state, “Here is my resume for your review.” You are selling yourself short by not including at least a brief introduction. Especially if the employer outlines specific requirements. Take the time to write, “I see you need someone with availability to work nights and weekends; I would enjoy working these hours and am available to do so.” Or, “I have included a sample of my work for your consideration along with my resume. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.”

6. Forgetting To Tell Them Why You’re The Best Fit
Let me tell you about one of THE BEST cover letters I’ve ever seen: I could tell this person put effort into it—and she took the time to specifically and meticulously review our job requirements. She scrutinized our requirements and detailed in her cover letter how she had experience meeting those needs. It was applicable, relevant, and attention getting. It was probably one of the only cover letters that actually made us want to read the corresponding resume.

7. Using A Boring Closing Statement
Instead of using the same old boring line, spice it up a bit. One of the more daring cover letter closings I have read closed with, “Call today, don’t delay.” I applauded her boldness and had to call her. The closing was confident, feisty, and it certainly grabbed my attention. Not to mention the entire cover letter addressed everything she brought to the table as a potential employee and how these elements were relevant to meeting our needs.

What I am trying to get you to see is boring the hiring manager with details not relevant to the opening—or not making the most of the space and time you’re getting is really to your detriment. Instead, take the time to write something catchy, relevant, and targeted to the position for which you are applying.

Sure, it may take a few extra minutes to tweak your cover letter—but in the end, if you get the interview, won’t it be worth it?


Do You Manage Your Career Like A First Date?

First date.. Career… You heard me correctly!

Do you manage your career like a first date?

I remember what it was like to be single. That was over thirty years ago but I remember the awkward feelings of trying to find someone who would just go out with me on a date.

When I graduated from high school I was 6 feet 4 inches tall and a mere 145 pounds. I had a big head of red hair. I was no chick magnet!

I was an awkward nerd.

I tried to make myself attractive to the opposite sex. I picked clothes so that girls would notice me.

Now you wordsmith your LinkedIn Profile so that recruiters will notice you. You are establishing your brand just like I was trying to be stylish.

When I asked a girl out, I was just hoping not to be rejected. You submit your applications and pray that the recruiter calls you.

When I got a date, I was just trying to make a good impression. Was she the right girl for me? I was not worried about that I just wanted her to like me. When you go for an interview you are just praying that they call you back for a second interview. You just want them to like you.

Does this sound familiar? It should because this is how many of you manage your career.

  • You scour job boards looking for a date…. oh I mean a job
  • When you find a girl….  a job that meets your requirements you send in your resume and pray you will hear a response
  • When she calls…. I mean the recruiter calls you put your best foot forward hoping not to get rejected
  • When you get the first phone interview you try to sound like a nice guy… I mean like a experienced professional but still hoping not to get rejected
  • When you get the first interview you put you really try to show your stuff off… I mean you try to demonstrate your outstanding skills and talents
  • When you get the second interview, you are thinking will I get to second base with her… no I mean get an offer.

Are you concerned that this might not be the job for you? Heck no! You just want to get the next step!

You should be concerned on whether there is the right chemistry between the boss and you. Are you going to be happy in this next position?

Your job search is just like dating! You have to date to get married. Not every date turns into marriage. In the job search you have to interview to get the job. Not every interview turns into a job. Half of all marriages end in divorce.

Your career is very much like a marriage. It is about finding common ground, compromises, happiness, successes,….

Have you gone on a date that you just wanted to walk out? I hear there are strategies for that now.

Have you gone into an interview prepared to ask all of the right questions? Is this the right job for you?

Do you even know what the right job for you is?

What kind of boss do you want?

What kind of team do you function best on?

How do you want to be rewarded? Most of us want a combination of the following:

  • The bonus check
  • Public recognition
  • Pat on the back from the boss
  • Pat on the back from your team
  • Pat on the back from your client

How much variety do you want in your day?

Do you know what you need in a work environment and then how to determine whether you are going to get what you need?

Have you taken a job and suddenly said — what have I gotten into!

Finding your next job is serious business just like finding a spouse. There must be the right chemistry to make the relationship work… oh I mean the workplace fun and rewarding.

Go find that perfect match. Go find the perfect job for you. One that meets all of your requirements and reject those that do not.

By Mark Miller: Original Posting via Purzue