How should I deal with rejection letters?

April 3, 2012 | Topics: , , , | READ 0 COMMENTS & JOIN THE DISCUSSION

We all hate rejection. It makes us feel bad, that someone doesn’t really like or want us.

When you see you’ve been rejected in black and white it’s like the air has been taken out of a balloon – we feel deflated. After we recover the tendency is to shy away from that company, those people and maybe even the type of job we applied for. It can and often does, change our behavior and often not in a way that serves us well. Don’t let that be you.

Let’s take a look at a rejection letter and then consider what your actions and behaviour should be.

What does a rejection letter really mean?

  • If you made it through all of the screening process as a candidate, you are obviously well qualified for the position you pursued. It also means you’re doing a lot of things right in your job search to get this far. Keep doing the right things.
  • A rejection doesn’t mean you were a poor candidate, it means they felt someone else was better suited to the position. You never know how difficult the decision may have been between you and someone else. They had to make a decision and it could have come to something like a coin toss simply so they could move forward. They had to pick someone.
  • It means they thought well of you and despite any negative thoughts you might have about them, they’re feeling just fine about you. The door on future opportunities is not closed. In fact, now that they know you so well, you could be considered for other openings. The company is more likely to refer to previous applications rather than dumping all the resumes and interview information and starting again next time.
  • The fact that the company sent you a rejection letter suggests the company is well run. So often these days, the job search is a black hole of communications. If they thought enough of their candidates to do this level of follow up, then keep them on your radar for future positions.

What should your behaviour be?

  • If you thought this was the perfect position and company, then keep working at getting hired for a position with that company. Just because they rejected you for this position doesn’t mean you won’t be perfect for the next one. It doesn’t mean the door is closed.
  • You now have a list of contacts from inside the company that you can use to your advantage. After the dust has settled, approach your contacts again and let them know you want to be considered for other positions now or in the future. Showing some gumption and confidence will be remembered by your contacts.
  • Keep your perspective about what this means. A rejection letter shouldn’t cause you to change what you are doing unless this letter is the tenth you’ve received. If you have repeatedly got to the final round of interviews and not chosen, then it’s time to rethink how you might be presenting yourself.

Sure, you’re going to feel disillusioned for a while after you get a rejection letter. Be kind to yourself today and then let it go and keep doing all the right things that got you this far.

If you are seeking career assistance please contact Rosie at Positive Goals & Solutions today, for an exploration of what’s possible for you. Mobile 0414 511 455


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