TAP In with Tristan : Dealing with Rejection Throughout the Job Search

Tristan discusses how you can deal with rejection throughout your job search on this entry of the TAP In with Tristan. Instead of taking the rejection personally, try to change your perspective and view it as an opportunity to reflect and shift your strategy!

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, let’s talk about how you can deal with rejection throughout your job search.

We all know how physically and mentally taxing applying to jobs can be. Networking, analyzing job descriptions, adding projects to your portfolio, researching companies, tailoring your resume, writing customized cover letters, and preparing for interviews require the same amount of energy as a full-time job. Not to mention all the stress and strain that comes with being invested in a particular company’s hiring process and constantly checking your email hoping that you’ll advance to the next step, only to receive the dreaded, “We appreciate your time, but we’ve decided to go in a different direction..”

Those rejection emails can put us in a negative mindset where we begin to second guess ourselves, our experience, and our abilities. We start to believe that something is wrong with us since these companies aren’t jumping at the opportunity to hire us. But it’s important to put things in perspective. Every company and every role has differences. The rejection you’re experiencing may not have anything to do with your competence but rather a fit for the particular position or company.

So instead of taking the rejection personally, try to change your perspective and view it as an opportunity to reflect and shift your strategy. If you received a rejection from a company, ask yourself if there is anything you could change or improve. Sometimes that self-analysis may not be enough, so take it a step further and ask the employer for additional feedback. They can provide you with insight on where you may have fallen a bit short throughout the process. Use all of this information to modify your job search strategy and increase your chances next time.

I know it’s hard to lose an opportunity you were really looking forward to, but try not to let yourself fall into a negative loop because employers can pick up on it. Also, remember that we are still in a pandemic that has turned the job market on its head. Candidates are facing challenges that make the job search process more difficult. Adjust your expectations and be easy on yourself. This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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