It’s just the worst part of being in the search for a new job: The dreaded rejection. The longer you spend time looking for a new opportunity, it’s possible you’ll rack up quite a collection of emails that start with “We regret to inform you…” or other similarly worded messages telling you to keep trying.
It’s ok to take a moment and feel frustrated or upset, especially if a position that seemed like a perfect fit won’t be your new career. But try not to dwell on that particular loss.
Here’s how to move forward through rejections until you land your new job:
- Go for a walk. Grab your keys and get outside for a few minutes. Go for a walk, a run, a drive, do something to clear your head. Get some fresh air. Listen to your favorite song or podcast. Just take a little break to reset your outlook and your mind. The more disappointed you feel, the longer a break you take. A little reset can go a long way! This is not the end of the world. It stings, but you’ll find a way through.
- Send a thank you note. How many times have you applied to a position, maybe even landed an interview, and then never hear from the company again? If you received a notification, even if it wasn’t what you wanted, take a moment to say thank you. It’s a little thing but it’ll leave a positive impression in the company’s mind — who knows if you might be a good fit for another job that opens soon and, if you show a little kindness and gratitude, they might even call you back unprompted. A little note to thank them for their time and willingness to consider you can go a long way. Plus, you’ll know you’re doing the right thing.
- Take a look at your resume and cover letter. Read through your professional correspondence and make sure it portrays you in the best light. Have you listed all your qualifications? Do you have a few versions of your resume and cover letter to best fit the different kinds of jobs you’re applying for? Are you fully explaining and demonstrating why you’re a good fit for the position? It might need to be adjusted a little with each job you apply to, but it’s worth it in the end to make sure you are telling the best story about yourself, your accomplishments and your experience. While you’re at it, think back on the interview you had: did you speak and dress confidently? Did you send a thank you note the day of the interview? Don’t dwell too much on this — after all, you can’t change what already happened — but think on it a little in order to correct any missteps the next time.
- Remember that you’re not alone. The job market is tough! Things are rebounding after the pandemic, but some industries have changed in very real ways, making it difficult to find open positions. Not all companies are hiring in the same ways and numbers they were a few years ago. There are plenty of people out there looking for jobs, going on interviews, getting rejection letters or wondering what happened. You’re not the only one. Yes, it stinks, and it might feel really personal at times, but take comfort in knowing it’s not. You’re not being singled out as the only person who feels unhireable from time to time.
- Get back out there. The next morning, start your search anew. Try searching for jobs on different websites; expand your search parameters by considering different topics, keywords or job titles. Consider looking at networking sites like LinkedIn or GlassDoor to try and expand your search. Talk to friends about their jobs and see if there’s something open in their companies. Use all the tools at your disposal to keep going. Don’t give up!
The job searching process can feel lonely and never-ending. It’s frustrating and infuriating at times in addition to being really stressful, regardless of whether you’re currently employed. But take heart: You WILL find a new job!
Consider a new approach: Contact Davis Staffing. We work with great companies who are always looking for new candidates to fill their open positions, whether on a permanent or temporary basis. Let us know what you’re looking for and we can help! Contact Davis Staffing today and let’s help you get beyond the days of rejection letters.