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Rejection at work is a universal experience. Even the most well-adjusted, optimistic, and positive people are going to encounter some form of rejection once in a while—and that’s perfectly normal. It’s how you react to it that matters. Many people respond negatively to job rejection by developing an irrational fear of being let go from their current position. They end up feeling stressed out and unable to trust any future opportunities because they think they can never find another job as trusted, reliable, or valued as the one they just lost. Others react quite positively by strengthening their resiliency and self-confidence. They take this opportunity to refocus on finding another job that better suits their needs and aspirations, rather than obsessing over what went wrong with the first one. To succeed at rejecting job opportunities with positive consequences, you need to know how to manage your emotions without falling into denial or self-pity. Here are 5 tips from someone who has struggled through several rejection experiences…
Focus on learning from the experience.
When you’re experiencing job rejection, it’s easy to feel like you were let down by the world. You were excited about the job opportunity and you feel like it turned out to be a lemon. When you feel like this, it can be tempting to get stuck in a negative spiral of self-pity and resentment. That’s the last thing you need to do when you’re trying to move on from a job rejection. Rather than wallowing in self-pity and negative feelings, take a step back and ask yourself two questions: What did I learn from this experience? What can I do next time that will help me avoid this same problem next time? If you can do this, you’ll be in a better position to find another job that is a better fit for you.
Keep an open mind when looking for new roles.
A common mistake many job seekers make is letting their expectations get in the way of seeing opportunities as they really are. They think they know exactly what kind of job they’re looking for and what kind of salary they deserve. This can lead people to believe that every job they see is a total bust—even when it isn’t. When you keep an open mind, you’re less likely to get disappointed and upset when you actually don’t get the job. This can help you avoid making the same mistakes in the future, because you’ll be more likely to accept jobs that don’t quite fit your needs. It can also help you see your current position in a new light, taking the opportunity to ask yourself how you can make your job situation better.
Don’t dwell on past mistakes.
If you let past mistakes influence your current job search, you’re going to get hung up on things like what you did wrong in the past. You might even let this mistake—involving not getting the first job you applied for—get in the way of you getting the next job you apply for. If you dwell on past mistakes, you might start to feel like you’re doomed to fail at finding new positions. That’s not true, but it is a natural consequence of letting past mistakes get in the way of your current job search. So, what can you do to avoid letting past mistakes get in the way of your job search? Remember that job search isn’t a race. It’s not something that you can “win” or “lose.” It’s a process that will naturally lead to some degree of failure. What can you do to avoid failure?
Be flexible – be willing to change your job search tactics.
Sometimes when you’re looking for a new position, the job that is right in front of you doesn’t look like a good fit. In those cases, you’re going to have to be willing to change your tactics and adjust how you approach the job search. That might mean putting a lid on what kind of job you’re seeking, or it might mean adjusting your job search timeline. For example, if you’ve been looking for a particular type of position (e.g., management, technical, marketing, etc.), you might have to change your tactics and start looking for jobs in other fields. You might also have to change your timeline in terms of when you apply for certain jobs. For example, if you applied for a marketing role, but the job requirements aren’t as relevant to your skillset as you’d like, you might have to apply for a different job type.
Asking “Why?” after every job rejection is a great way to refocus your job search. You don’t have to dwell on the negative experience or make it worse than it needs to be. Instead, you can use it to your advantage by learning what worked and what didn’t work. Job rejection is just a part of the job search process. It’s not something that you have to let get under your skin. You can use rejection as an opportunity to learn something new, grow, and adjust your job search strategy for next time.
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