How to survive rejection

Have you been rejected for a job?

Rejection is part of the job seeking process and happens to everyone at some point. How you cope with rejection is what matters and how you cope with rejection will define your future far more than how you cope with your successes. In this article we explore how you can learn from rejection and turn it into a positive.

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Rejection in context

The current employment market in the Philippines is extremely tough – especially for young people. There are thousands of very bright and very capable people all looking for work but with a limited number of jobs many will suffer rejection before they feel the joy of acceptance. It is important to remember that just because you are rejected for a job it doesn’t mean that you are:

  • a bad person
  • not intelligent
  • not capable of doing the job

It might just mean that there were lots of applicants and the employer had to choose one highly capable candidate ahead of you.

Keep trying and you will get your reward.

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Learning from rejection

Remember that the reason(s) for rejection from one company can lead to acceptance at another. When you have been rejected for a job it is vital that you review your application and/or interview and search for ways that you can improve for next the time. Here are a few things that you may want to consider:

  • Did you have the qualifications stipulated in the job advert – could you undertake further study to gain additional qualifications?
  • Did you have the required experience – could you gain additional experience that would help next time?
  • Where you prepared for the questions raised at interview – would more preparation help you in the future?

Turning a negative into a positive

Even the process of writing and rewriting your applications will help you to improve your application each time you apply for a job. Similarly, by attending interviews you will have gain experience of the interview environment and types of questions employers ask and how you should answer. By turning rejection into a positive experience and learning from these experiences you will be in a much better position in the future.

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Find out more

We hope that this information will be of assistance to you. We know that each individual will have different requirements and but we hope that this article will provide some useful questions to consider.

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