How to turn rejection into positive action

At any given point in time, employers receive large volumes of applications for jobs. This obviously means that not every applicant can be successful in getting the job they want. The best way to deal with rejection is to take it in your stride and continue looking for the job that is the best fit.

Here are a few ideas to help you make the most of the situation:

1. Don’t take it personally

While this might seem easier said than done, it helps to realise that there are a number of reasons that factor into whether you get the job or not.

This could be anything ranging from whether or not the company can afford your asking salary, to how you measure up against other applicants. There may be 100 applicants trying for the same job, which is why you should be glad to have made it through to the interview. Remember that each role has a specific set of skills and experience which you may not exactly match. But there WILL be a role out there that is looking for the skills and experience that you bring.

2. Send a thank you note

Sending a thank you note shows that you are truly interested in the organisation, and would like to be considered for any other openings that come up. A good thank you note should appreciate the time and consideration shown during the interview process, express disappointment in not getting the job and reiterate that you are interested in working for the organisation.

3. Always ask for feedback

In a competitive job market, you should feel good about landing a job interview. Every interview you attend offers valuable insight into what organisations are looking for. This experience alone will help you be stronger in future interviews. Always ask an interviewer for constructive feedback about your application and skill set. Ask for advice that you can use in future interviews. Find out what credentials or experience you were missing and what you can do to make a more impactful impression.

4. Stay motivated

Landing the perfect job can sometimes take a while, so it is a good idea to keep your skills updated. Stay professionally active by taking a part-time course, mentorship or a voluntary position. This will help you stay focused during your job hunt and also provide points for discussion in your next interview.

5. Focus on your strengths

It helps to remember that you have great skills and qualities and just need to find the right job where you can apply them. Make a list of your strengths and accomplishments, so you can talk about them confidently in an interview. Also, make note of any positive feedback you may have received, as it is a great way to boost your confidence.

6. Expand your network

Are you applying for the right jobs that match your qualifications? If you have built a good rapport with your interviewer, you can always ask if they would recommend you to someone else in their network. This is a great way to expand your network and also connect with jobs that suit your skill set.

Alternatively you can connect with hiring managers and other people you meet during the interview and make them a part of your professional network on LinkedIn. You will get notifications on other jobs that are available in these organisations.

Understand that you are not alone in your job search and that the main factor you can control is your reaction to the outcome. If you stay positive you are more likely to learn from your experience.