How to Deal With Job Rejection and Plan Your Next Steps

on October 16, 2023 in ABR Blog, Career and Job Search Tips, Interview Tips


Job rejection can be a tough experience, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your career aspirations. In fact, it can be an opportunity to learn from your mistakes, improve your skills, and plan your next steps. Here are some tips on how to deal with job rejection and move forward with confidence.

Don’t take it personally.

Rejection is not a reflection of your worth as a person or a professional. It may be due to many factors that are beyond your control, such as the number of applicants, the fit with the company culture, or the specific requirements of the role. Remember that every job seeker faces rejection at some point, and it’s not a sign of failure.

Ask for feedback.

If possible, reach out to the hiring manager or recruiter and ask for feedback on your application and interview. Be polite and respectful, and express your appreciation for their time and consideration. Feedback can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and give you insights on how to improve your resume, cover letter, and interview skills for future opportunities.

Review your goals.

Job rejection can be a chance to reevaluate your career goals and expectations. Are you applying for jobs that match your qualifications, interests, and values? Are you targeting the right industries, companies, and positions? Are you realistic about your salary and benefits expectations? Reviewing your goals can help you refine your job search strategy and focus on the opportunities that are most suitable for you.

Expand your network.

Networking is one of the most effective ways to find new job opportunities and get referrals. You can expand your network by attending events, joining online groups, reaching out to former colleagues, mentors, or classmates, and asking for introductions. Networking can also help you learn more about the industry trends, the company culture, and the hiring process of your target employers.

Keep applying.

Don’t let job rejection discourage you from pursuing your career goals. Keep applying for jobs that match your skills and interests, and tailor your resume and cover letter to each position. Follow up with the employers after submitting your application, and prepare well for the interviews. Keep a positive attitude and a growth mindset, and don’t give up on your job search.

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