Rejection – we’ve all been there. 

It’s tough to process, but there’s a reason we have rejections in the first place – to inspire ourselves to come out stronger in the end. The key to facing rejection is to turn it into a positive experience. 

After you’ve faced a job rejection, it’s important to plan out next steps. What will you do to be proactive in your job search going forward? Bounce back from this the best you can. This means you’re one step closer to finding the right job for you.

We’re sharing our tips to navigate a job rejection. These suggestions will help you to gain resilience and improve your career search:

Review feedback

Some companies will give you feedback with a rejection call or email. Review this feedback and use it to help optimize your interview etiquette, resume and more. 

If you don’t get any feedback – ask for it! It never hurts to ask for a reason why you weren’t chosen for a position. It will only help you in the long run and the worst they can say is no. 

Make a plan for next steps

What are some things you can fix going forward?

Make a clear plan for jobs you will apply to next. Tweak your resume and cover letter to fit each role. Take feedback into consideration and make real changes to your processes. If you focus on your next steps it will allow you to feel in control of your future.

Avoid over-analyzing

Don’t take things too personally. It’s important to reflect on your recent job rejection and take feedback into consideration, but don’t let your emotions get the best of you. Take the next few days to move on with your job search instead of dwelling on the past. The best thing to do now is move forward!

Don’t give up!

Rejection is scary, but it’s unavoidable. Give yourself a break if you need one, but don’t give up completely. Whether this is your first or tenth rejection, there is a job out there for you. So be patient, work hard and have a little faith! A position will fall into your lap when the time is right. 

Leave your job search up to us! Rejection is scary and we all face it, but at ETS we can help you navigate the entire process for a simple and stress-free experience! Our expert recruiters will work with you to introduce your unique skills to our top talent connections. Live chat with us today to start your career journey.