How to Handle a Job Rejection

By Susanna Cha –

In recent years, there have been more and more graduates looking for graduate jobs when they leave university, and it can be very difficult to find yourself a placement as soon as you finish your course. Although it is necessary to approach job applications and interviews with a positive attitude in order to show that you are a generally positive person, you must treat rejection as a natural part of job searching, or you may find yourself becoming depressed very quickly.

Graduate jobs are highly competitive, but what you must also remember is that the people recruiting graduates can be much more sympathetic with the difficulties of getting a job and will often give you constructive feedback on your CV and interview skills should they reject you. This is a vital opportunity to fine tune your skills.

Gain experience
In addition, treat each interview not simply as a waste of time should you be rejected, but experience in interview skills. Try something new each time: become an expert at researching the company before you go to the interview; learn your ‘strengths and weaknesses’ speech off by heart; and learn whether it’s best to accept or reject that offered cup of coffee.

Apply everywhere
Apply to jobs that you never would have thought you wanted. Just to find out more. Because you would be surprised at how often jobs are advertised in a way that makes them seem incredibly boring or irrelevant, when they are actually right up your street. And also because you might discover something new that you love. The time for experimenting does not have to end when you leave university. Companies are much more likely to employ somebody who does not specialise in the subject that they have applied for when they are young and more able to be trained than when they are older and have exhausted all other opportunities.

Keep yourself busy
Job rejection does not have to be a bad thing. You could discover things that you never imagined from having to apply for that job that you previously thought was not good enough for you, or gain vital experience for your CV by doing charity work to keep your days busy while you are going through the application process. Think of it as a positive thing – a chance to try new things, and a period of time in which you can work on making yourself even more eligible for the next job that you apply to.

This post was written by UK based writer, Susanna Cha on behalf of Guardian Jobs, including graduate jobs, marketing jobs and more.

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