Bouncing back after being rejected for a job can be a difficult task. This is especially true if it was a job for which you had really high hopes.
Being rejected for a job is the ultimate bruise to your ego. It can make you rethink your worth as a professional, and you’ll probably start to wonder what it is they didn’t like about you? Having self-confidence is key to a successful job search, so it’s important to tend to your damaged pride before you start your work again.
Of course, you can’t take forever tending to your needs. At some point you are going to have to get back to work so it’s important to get back in tip-top job searching mode as quickly as possible. With this in mind, here are some dos and dont’s to keep in mind after a job rejection:
- Give yourself enough time to get over the rejection, especially if it’s a new experience for you.
- Ask for help from friends, family, or your job search counselor. See if any of these people can give you advice on how to position yourself for the most success in the job market.
- Come up with a written schedule detailing the next steps in your job search.
- Give your efforts the proper time before changing things. Filling out job applications for a week without any success is not necessarily a sign that you need to adjust your job search process.
- Spend a lot of time on conversations that focus only on the negatives. This will only make you feel worse.
- Hang around people who have given up on the job search.
- Spend too much time watching the news. The economy is not exactly in the best shape right now, and hearing reports about it could demoralize you.
- Assume you know everything. Searching for a job is an unpredictable process, and things can (and often will) happen that will take you by surprise.