How To Deal With A Job Application Rejection…

Technology has made firing off multiple job applications easier – but as well as more opportunities for success, there is also more chance of rejection.

We wanted to know how experts suggest we turn rejection around so that it helps a job search be successful in the long run.

“Don’t take rejection personally,” says Los Angeles-based business coach Joanna Garzilli.

“Often there are a number of factors at play including timing, circumstances, office politics and budgets. Just because someone says no today doesn’t mean it’s a no in the future.”

And job-search expert Alison Doyle says: “The best way to deal with rejection is to consider why you were rejected, and then move on.”

But analysing rejection is easier said than done. It may be tempting to follow up a rejection email or letter by asking an employer how they reached their decision, but you won’t always get a response.

“Many employers won’t disclose any information to applicants they rejected, because they are concerned about legal issues like discrimination,” says Ms Doyle.

“That said, it can’t hurt to ask, and if you do get feedback, consider how you can use it enhance your chances in the future.”

If you can’t get feedback, you should spend some time asking yourself what might have gone wrong.

Ms Garzilli says: “Do a self evaluation on what went well, what didn’t and why? This will help you to be well prepared for the next job interview.”


In the relatively anonymous world of online job searching, where the number of applications and rejections can mount up very quickly, it it easy to lose focus on the ultimate goal.

Ms Doyle says: “Do consider how effective your job search is – or isn’t.

“Are you applying for the right jobs? Jobs that are a strong match for your qualifications? If not, you are wasting time because there are so many applicants for each position, only the most qualified candidates will be considered.”


Sourced from BBC News.

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