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Rejection in a Job Search: 7 tips to keep going

When a person is job searching, a job search result can feel like:

No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, maybe (that later becomes a No), No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, and eventually Yes

A job search can sometimes feel like going nowhere despite your best efforts. Here are some ideas to encourage you to keep going in your job search when you have rejections:

(1) Rejection Tip #1: Think of a No as one more step closer to a Yes

Think of the No as a step closer to a Yes. It may be helpful to think of the No as one additional step closer to a yes.

(2) Rejection Tip #2: Try not to take the No personally

Attempt not to take the No personally; rejections in a job search will occur; attempt to not think of a No personally and think about the next opportunity.

(3) Rejection Tip #3: Have a routine in your job search where you are continually sending out stuff for opportunities.

You may be better able to deal with rejection when you know that you have additional opportunities that may say yes.

(4) Rejection Tip #4: Feedback from career experts: way to improve.

You may get rejections but not receive the reason for the objections.
Potential employees may not say why you received a rejection for the job.
You may receive feedback from career experts.

You may find career experts from

  • Workforce Development Officers
    Workforce development offices are state government agencies that may help a job seeker.
  • College/university Career Officers
    College Career Offices may offer career services to current students, graduates, and alumni of that college/university.
  • Non-profits
    Non-profits may provide career experts to help people.
  • Private sector
    Career experts from the private sector may help you. Career experts can be called different names, including “Career Coach” or “Career Counselor.” One recommendation I would give if go with a career expert that a pay-as-you-go system, so you only pay for the time you see the career expert rather than paying a lot of money ahead of time before seeing a career expert.

(5) Rejection Tip #5: Be Sociable 

Keep your social connections.
A job search can be a very stressful time. Taking time away from the job search is important to have social activities. Social activities can help you deal with the stress of the job search.

(6) Rejection Tip #6: Have other areas of life that you can define as success besides the job search.

You can define other areas of life as success besides the job search.
It may be helpful to have other areas of success.
Gain a feeling of accomplishment from other areas of life besides the job search. You can then feel successful even if you receive rejections in your job search.

Other areas of success could be

  • Weight Loss
  • Physical Exercise
  • Start a Hobby
  • Go to the library
  • Learn something new

(7) Rejection Tip #7: Review what you are doing and improve

In your job search, you can take some time to evaluate how your job search is going. You may evaluate your job search and see how you can improve. Some questions you can ask yourself:

  • Can you send out more job applicants?
  • Should you talk to a career expert?
  • Can you look at ways to improve filling out your job application, resume, or cover letter?
  • Is there a job club to join? (A job club is a group of people searching for a job together. Each person can learn from each other as people search for jobs.)

In conclusion

In conclusion, you may face rejections in a job search. You may find the above 7-tips helpful in your job search.