Coach Martin Garrity has some advice on how to deal with rejection when you are looking for work.
“I’ve been looking for nearly two years. It’s rejection after rejection. If you can’t help me, I’m scared that I wont work again”
🚫 Having your job application rejected can be frustrating, even painful. It can be tempting to retreat into self-criticism.
🚫 Get back on the horse. Accept that you’ve not succeeded and may have further rejections. But stopping jobsearch – while it may protect you from pain in the short term – will not get you the job you need or want.
🚫 Being rejected – even many times – does not mean that you’re a worthless employee. Only that on this occasion, there was a candidate who the employer felt was a better fit. You still have value.
🚫 Accept that jobsearch by it’s very nature is an uncertain process. Rejection is part of the game.
🚫 Review your strategy. Are you looking in the right places? Are you scrolling through popular job boards? ‘Spraying and praying’ you CV in all directions? Are you actively networking by making true connections who can provide you with advice and intelligence about ‘hidden vacancies’?