5 Things to do after Receiving a Rejection Letter

Receiving a rejection letter can erode your self-confidence, giving rise to doubts in your ability to secure a new job. Although it may be difficult to do, take the time to focus on ways that you can transform the experience into one that will shape you, and into something positive that is of benefit to you. There are always lessons in every experience, good or bad. What did you learn through the interview process?


Vent your frustration: Being rejected is not a good feeling, so it is important to vent your frustration in private with a partner or a trusted friend to get the negative feelings out of your system. Allow yourself to feel bad for a specified period of time then move on.


Reflect: Look at the experience with an objective eye, how did you perform in the interview? Did you perform as well as you should? Did you adequately answer all the questions? Did you allocate enough time to prepare for the interview, researching the company and interviewer? Did you practice answering the 7 tough interview questions? If you got the opportunity to be interviewed again, what would you do differently?


Be flexible: If you are getting interviews, but not securing any of the positions that you are applying for, perhaps it is time to adapt your skills for a different type of job.


Send a response to a rejection letter/Ask for feedback: There are countless reasons why you may have been turned down for a job, so instead of assuming what went wrong, find out why. Send your interviewer a response to the rejection (Please read, Should You Respond to a Rejection Letter) and solicit feedback.


Revise your resume: Based on what you uncover during your time of reflection, and the feedback you received, perhaps it is time to revise and update your resume. If what you discover requires that you update your skills, then research courses to take, and after you have acquired new skills, add them to your resume.


No one likes to be rejected, but after receiving the rejection letter, when you place things into perspective, and take proactive steps, you can transform a less than ideal experience into a positive one by doing the five things mentioned above.



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