So, you’ve been wanting this one job really bad. You’ve applied, been well-prepared for the interview, aced their questions and left a good impression. You’ve done everything on your part to get accepted. Yet, you still received that rejection letter or worse, never heard from them again.
When hunting for jobs in the Philippines, getting rejected is inevitable. I know it can make you feel demoralized and discouraged. So when you get rejected, you may lose confidence in your abilities and think you were never good enough. However, it’s not the end of the world, or in this case, your career. With the right mindset, you’ll be able to turn this negative experience into a positive opportunity. Here are 5 tips to stay motivated, bounce back and deal with rejection.
Don’t Take It Personally
Whenever we experience rejection, it’s hard to not to associate it with our personal attributes or capabilities. Oftentimes, you may see job rejection as a personal attack on you, but it really isn’t. Getting rejected from a job application is not a statement about you personally. Instead of assigning a personal meaning to the rejection, don’t overthink it. Hiring decisions are based on a lot of factors, many of which are beyond your control. Even when you’ve done your absolute best, there will always be a time where you’ll get rejected. This can be due to external factors such as hiring biases of recruiters or a more experienced candidate.
Ask for feedback
Always remember that rejection is not completely a feedback. Just because you got rejected, does not mean everything you did was wrong. Instead of wondering what went wrong, you can politely ask for a detailed, constructive feedback. Requesting for feedback can make it easier for you to understand what you need to improve. Moreover, it may help you overcome any doubts on yourself on why you weren’t accepted. Asking for feedback will be helpful in learning from your mistakes especially when you’re a fresh graduate.
Focus on your strengths
When rejected, it’s easy to feel disheartened and go into a state of negativity. It takes a hit on your self-confidence and makes you question your capabilities. However, you will not be able to move forward if you keep dwelling on past failures. Instead, focus on what you’re good at and use them to your advantage in future job applications. Remember that you have your own unique value which you can bring to an organization. Make a list of your strengths and passions which you can mention in your next interviews. Keep them in mind in order to remind yourself that you’re still valuable in the face of rejection.
Don’t give up
When you get rejected from a job position you want so bad, don’t stop there. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, maintain your momentum by keeping up the search. Job portals are an effective way to look for job openings and opportunities. In the Philippines, job portals, like Worky, help you find career opportunities online with ease. As an applicant, it is important to invest your time in creating job portal profiles as it can maximize your job search in the Philippines. You should keep your options open and continue building a network of contacts with recruiters. Being resilient will take you far in life and in your career.
Look on the bright side and stay positive
Rejections are a part of life and they are inevitable in life and in jobs. Oftentimes, we don’t get what we want because there is something better for us out there. In the face of rejection, look at the bright side and accept that maybe it just isn’t for you. Maybe getting rejected was for you to find the right path towards your dream job. Maybe getting rejected was for you to discover resilience and persistence within you. Stay positive that soon enough, you’ll get that job you’ve always wanted. Use rejection as a motivation to push harder and a learning opportunity to improve your skills. You should learn how to accept rejection because only then are you truly ready to welcome growth and new opportunities.
In overcoming rejection, it’s all just a matter of having a positive attitude and mindset. Remember that rejection is not permanent. It is more of an opportunity for you to improve yourself. What counts is not how many times you got rejected, but how many times you recovered from it. Good luck on your journey!
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By: X. Borja
Worky Online Contributor