We’ve been talking a lot lately about the often arduous task of applying for grad programs, vac work and internships. Whether you submit ten job applications or a hundred, the chances of you receiving at least one rejection email is almost certain. Job rejection is a part of life and, while it’s bound to sting, it’s not always the doom and gloom situation you think it is.
There’s a silver lining
So, you didn’t get the job – at least now you can stop thinking about it and move on to the next step. In most cases, only about 2% of job applicants are offered an interview and, in many cases, applicants receive no reply at all. A rejection letter means it’s time to stop dwelling and move on to the next opportunity – because there will be another opportunity.
That’s not to say that you can’t be upset for a day or two – rejection sucks. But don’t let it affect your optimism or ability to take chances on future opportunities.
Rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success
- Bo Bennett
Don’t take it personally
As long as you don’t take it personally or let it defeat you, rejection can help you fortify yourself to become a stronger person overall.
Losing that fear of rejection can be a freeing experience, and can open you up to exploring new possibilities. Many people often find themselves applying for positions they didn’t think they were qualified for once the fear of rejection disappears. After all what’s the worst that can happen – a thank you for your application email? But you never know, you may just get the job!
Everyone at some point in life has faced rejection and failure, it is part of the process of self-realisation
- Lailah Gifty Akita
Learn from the experience
Look at rejection as a way to continue improving your skills and job applications. You may end up benefiting from all of the experience you gain writing applications, resumes, and going to interviews.
And, if you’re feeling brave after you receive the news, you can always ask for some feedback on why you may have missed out.
You may think you’re already aware of all of your strengths and weaknesses, but constructive criticism can be a great way to identify what others think of you. Plus, knowing what’s not working is the first step in personal growth.
Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise?
In the end you have to ask yourself whether you really even wanted the job. Often people apply for countless positions while job hunting and, if you can barely remember what you applied for, then maybe it’s not the job for you anyway.
Saying that, don’t put all your eggs in one basket
It’s a good idea not to hang all your hopes and dreams on a single application. By applying for multiple positions, you will both increase your chances of success and soften the blow when you receive a rejection.
You can also use your time spent applying as a way to reflect on your choices. Do you really want this job and is it the right organisation for you? Employers can generally tell when you’re passionate about your work and this could be affecting your job hunt.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it
- Charles Swindoll
If you’re a Curtin student and you’d like some support with your job applications, the Curtin Employability Program may be a great place to start.