Once upon a time at home
I sat beside the telephone
Waiting for someone to pull me through
When at last it didn’t ring, I knew it wasn’t you
(Kirsty Mccoll, New England)
With, on average, 73 applicants per job it’s almost inevitable that you will receive some rejections during your job-hunt. Whilst rejection can be a knock to the self-esteem, surviving and ultimately learning from it can have a positive effect on your continuing strategy and help you find the perfect job for you.
It’s not you, it’s me
Getting an interview can be exciting and incredibly daunting. The more people you tell the more pressure you will feel, particularly if you are unsuccessful. Ask yourself honestly how you felt you performed. Don’t moan, remain professional, thank the company for their time and request some feedback. If they go to the trouble to provide constructive criticism, take the time to thank them for their insight and advice.
Not your type
You may have submitted a good application and performed well at interview, but the company just can’t see you suiting the role. They may, however, have you in mind for another role which isn’t being advertised yet. If the rejection letter states that they will keep your CV on file, it’s a good indication that they liked you. Respond with a thank you, and reiterate that they are a company you would like to work for and would be interested in applying for suitable roles in the future.
When is keen, too keen?
OK, so you’ve liked them on Facebook, are following them on Twitter, connected with them on LinkedIn and written to express your future interest in the company. Now leave it until there is another suitable role to apply for, anything further starts to smell of desperation!
It’s time to move on
If nothing changes after 5 rejections, maybe you need to:
- Let it go. Get some exercise, go for a walk or jog and mentally leave that knock back on the side of the road. Come back to your job-hunting reinvigorated and unburdened.
- Not getting interviews? Then your application could be the problem. Get feedback on your CV, application form or covering letter.
- Re-think your strategy. Are you applying for the right roles? Essential skills mean just that. If you don’t meet the criteria, you won’t be considered for the job. What are you missing? Take some short courses, or consider volunteering to gain experience
- Getting interviews but not the job? Firstly, congratulations on getting that far in the process. Now you need to work on your interview technique. Preparation is the key. Research the company, have plenty of examples of when and how you have used your skills, have clothes ready the night before, know the route and allow time to get there.
- Rest. Recharge. Go get that job!
- The Careers & Employability Service is happy to offer help and advice for up to three years after graduation.
- University of Kent Counselling Self Help Pages
- Jobs & Careers Digital Magazine has articles on staying motivated
- Getting too much? Contact PAPYRUS or the Samaritans. Don’t think your problem is too small, that’s exactly what they are there for.