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How To Overcome Rejection

Updated: Jun 26, 2020

This week we've got our Co-Founder Zahrah telling you all about the art of overcoming rejection.

In this day and age competition is on the rise no matter the industry. There has been a steady increase in the level of top grades and pretty much everyone has completed their bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. This means that employers have more quality candidates to choose from and there is an even more saturated job market.

Due to these factors, rejection now comes with the territory of applying for roles. However, these no’s don’t have to be the end of the road; in fact they can be key to securing successes. Here are four ways that you can overcome rejection and use it to get positive results:

1) Mindset: it is easy to feel downtrodden and disheartened when you get a ‘no’ from a job role or opportunity you really want. The best thing to do is to allow yourself to mope for a minute, an hour or maybe even an evening and then let it go and move on. Sometimes you don’t get a role just because the interviewer didn’t like your personality or ‘vibe’; don’t take it personally. In fact, they’re doing you a favour, you wouldn’t want to work with someone you didn’t get along with. So dust yourself off and affirm to yourself that the job role that is for you, will be for you.

2) Feedback: one of the most important things to ask for after an interview, assessment centre or even work experience is feedback. Do not be afraid to send an email asking what you could have done better and what they thought about you as a candidate. You may not always get a response, but as the old saying goes, don’t ask, don’t get. When you do get that feedback, extract the issues and work out solutions to them. For example, if they say you came across as shy in your interview, work on your speech and presentation skills, use facial expression and body language to exude confidence. I’ve found that even taking acting classes can help with this.

3) Self-analysis: aside from obtaining feedback make sure you analyse what you could have done better during the application process and how you can fix these things to put yourself in a better stead for the next role. Did you do enough research before choosing to apply for that role? Are you going for the opportunities that actually compliment you and your lifestyle? Thinking through what your aims are and whether you are setting your sights on the right organisations and/or people can be crucial to turning that rejection into an acceptance.

All in all, rejection may sound like a negative word, but it’s not a bad thing! It just means that that you are being redirected to the right place for you. So take it in your stride and don’t let it define you. It’s only going to make you stronger and more resilient!