How To Deal With Job Rejection

how to deal with job rejection
how to deal with job rejection
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I don’t really know how to feel right now. I guess part of me could say that I am overwhelmed, nervous, and a little bit scared. At the same time, though, I am so incredibly excited, blessed beyond belief, and grateful for the opportunity that I have in front of me. 

After a long six months of off-and-on searching for a new job, a good amount of phone interviews, and countless times of being rejected, I guess I can now say that I did it! I got a new job!

Not only that, but it’s a job that I believe is going to bring much more meaning and value to not only my life, but also to the lives of others. In front of me, I have an opportunity to create an enormous impact on the lives of others, and that is the part of the job that I am looking forward to the most. 

How To Deal With Job Rejection

Throughout the process of searching for a new job, there were many times that I wanted to give up. It’s not easy to be told no, that you aren’t qualified enough for the position, or that they decided to choose somebody else over you. I’d be lying if I were to say that it didn’t take a toll on me both mentally and emotionally. 

But just because you get rejected doesn’t mean you should give up. While it would be easy to call it quits and stay put where you are currently at, we both know that wouldn’t solve anything. The longer you stay where you are at and allow rejection to prevent you from moving forward with your life, the more of your precious life you are only wasting away. 

how to deal with job rejection

Shift Your Mindset

You are only as good as the thoughts that you think. If you don’t think that you are good enough to achieve a goal or a desire, then the odds of you achieving it are slim next to none. When you do believe in what you are capable of achieving, though, and when you learn to battle through adversity no matter how difficult it may be at the time, only then will you achieve the goals and desires that you set out to achieve. 

For me, the thing that helped me the most through being rejected as much as I had been was my ability to shift my mindset.

Sure, the rejection sucked and there were times where I did question my ability, but I also looked at the rejection that I faced as a learning opportunity and as a way to grow both personally and professionally. 

I began to view rejection solely as experience. What were some of my strengths throughout the interview process? What were some of my weaknesses? What can I improve on and take away from this interview? These were questions that I would ask myself after every interview. That way, when the right opportunity came around, I would be ready. 

Don’t Take It Personally

This one is huge! 

Look, you are going to face rejection in life, and if you don’t, then you simply aren’t trying hard enough. But whatever you do, try not to take rejection personally, especially over a job. 

Instead of taking it personally, try to look for the positives. To be honest, I’m glad that I was told no from the positions in which I applied for. If I would have been accepted, then I probably wouldn’t have applied for the recent position that I did accept. And let me tell you something… this position, this was meant for me.

how to deal with job rejection

Everything Happens For A Reason

It’s hard to find this reason when you are staring rejection in the face, but it’s there. 

Maybe you weren’t the right fit for the position. This doesn’t mean that you aren’t good enough, it just means that there’s something else out there that you would be better at. 

Maybe you need more time to grow in order to succeed in this position. Again, this isn’t a bad thing, it’s actually a blessing in disguise. Would you rather be thrown into something too soon only to fail, or would you rather grow so that when the timing is right, you can go into it with the confidence in knowing that you will succeed? 

Stay Positive

Focusing on the skills that you lack and wishing you would have done something better isn’t going to change the outcome, so don’t spend your time even thinking about them. 

Instead, focus on your strengths. Know what you did well, prioritize those strengths the next time you interview, and do your best to let go of any negative emotions you may be feeling. 

It’s important to remember that you are not alone when you get rejected from a job. In fact, everybody will be rejected at some point or another. When you do, do what you can to take your mind off of the rejection. Go out with friends, workout and blow some steam off, apply to different jobs. At the end of the day, it’s not worth it to beat yourself up just because you were told no.

Never Give Up

Cool, you got rejected… who cares? Get back up, keep moving forward no matter how long it takes, and never give up. It’s only when you pick yourself back up and keep moving forward that you will find the success that you are looking for. 

If you give up on yourself, all possibilities go completely down the drain. You would never know what you were truly capable of achieving, and whether you believe it to be true or not, you are capable of far more than you give yourself credit for. 

Final Thoughts

Looking back, I’m glad that everything happened just the way it did. Because of it, I am stronger, I believe in myself more than I ever have, and I now have a job in a field that I could have only dreamed of being in. That’s a pretty cool feeling if you ask me. 

Whatever you want in life, just go after it. Who cares if you get knocked down. Pick yourself up, brush the dirt off of your shoulders, and get right back at it. That’s the only way you will ever live up to your true potential.

Michael Bonnell

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