How to deal with first job rejection

There is no better feeling than when you achieve the dream job you have wanted for so long. Of course, there are times when people are chosen for a job on the first try. But there are also people who try a lot, but reject themselves before they even get a chance to try it out.

Many graduates are struggling with job rejection soon after graduation, so if the employer rejects your job application, don’t be surprised nor disappointed.

Certainly, rejection can be a super negative and heartfelt experience. But the question is how to deal with it? How positively should you accept rejection?

Think about your strengths

Students often blame themselves for refusing a job. They begin to find flaws in them. What qualities do I miss? Why didn’t the employer consider my job application? What are my weaknesses? Instead of focusing on your weaknesses, consider your strengths. What qualities do you possess? How can you improve? You need to identify your true passion and expertise. Maybe the job you’re applying for doesn’t even need the skill you have. Maybe you could have applied more for another job.

Stay positive

The last thing you want is to let the first dismissal demotivate you. It’s important to understand that hundreds of people are applying for the same job as you. The company cannot accept every application. That being said, you are not alone. Hundreds of people have to face rejections. You have to learn to maintain a positive attitude. Whether you get the job or not, you should stay positive and keep working on your skills. Consider the first rejection as an opportunity to learn. If nothing else, you just know the fact that thousands of companies are looking for graduate students.

Fun fact: there is no person in this world that has never dealt with rejection!

Ask for feedback

Most employers do not share feedback to reject your application. This is because they know it can hurt your feelings. But if there is one way to improve, it is to seek feedback. You will not like the reason why you were rejected. But it will help you find out what qualities you are missing. You can use this feedback to get better results next time.

Most people still think about the reasons why the company rejected them. They do not rest until they receive an appropriate explanation as to why they were rejected. Instead of bothering to focus on your mistakes, ask for feedback from the company. The least you can do is bringing you peace of mind. Now that you know the reason why the company turned down your offer, you can start working.

Keep looking for other jobs

So, for the first time, you applied for a job and waited for the results. Students often stop looking for other jobs until they get the results of their first interview. Well, that’s your biggest mistake. Even if you believe you nailed an interview and impressed the human resources department, keep looking for other jobs. If nothing else, getting positive responses from interviewers will boost your self-confidence and keep you motivated if they turn you down for your first job. You may choose another job that is even better than the first.

Prepare yourself

Employers interview thousands of people every month. They may know when someone is lying or faking an interview. Nothing annoys an employer more than repeated interviews that sound super boring and irrelevant. It is common for students to get annoyed when they appear at the first interview. They often end up saying things they wouldn’t say they prepared for the interview. If you think the reasons for rejection are nervousness and lack of self-confidence, start exercising more often. Ask friends or family members to interview you and hear you talk. Alternatively, try self-talk therapy. Answer the questions your employer asked you as you sat in front of the mirror. This will increase your self-confidence and strengthen your speaking skills.

Send a thank you letter

If you want a job in the same company, you can impress the employer by sending a thank you letter. Send a letter of thanks to the employer for reviewing your job application and giving them valuable time for the interview. All you have to do is write a nice and professional thank you letter. Or you can send an email (since companies often check email these days). Tell the company how you want to give an interview for another job.

Look for other options

As we have said, many people suffer rejection at some point in their lives. They do not let their emotions prevent them from applying for other jobs. Accept the rejection and move on. Look for other companies that are hiring candidates for a similar position.

Don’t let the first rejection demotivate you. There are many companies that will want to hire you. All you need to do is run a survey, look for organizations looking for the job you are looking for and submit your application. Practice harder this time to nail the interview.