It’s no fun getting rejected for a job. After all that time refining your resume and cover letter, interviewing, and writing a thank-you email, your efforts landed you nowhere. But it’s important that you get feedback from that rejection, and turn it into something that benefits you. Otherwise, you’ve just wasted your time.
Here are four ways to turn your job-rejection feedback into something positive:
Reflect on the Feedback
Far too often, job candidates that have been turned down ask for feedback but never truly reflect on that feedback. Make sure to take time to consider what the hiring manager had to say, and don’t get defensive with yourself. Too often, we tend to think we’re being attacked, rather than realizing that the feedback is, in fact, what the hiring manager perceived. When you recognize what went wrong in the interview, you know where you can improve.
Use It to Practice
The next step is to use the information you’ve received from the hiring manager’s feedback by improving in your next interview. Before that even happens, you can practice by yourself or with a friend — ask and answer interview questions, using the information you’ve gained from your feedback, to try and make sure you do better next time. That way, you’re putting the feedback you’ve gotten into real-world scenarios.
Refine Your Search
Feedback after a job rejection is also useful for refining your job search. You may realize that there were aspects of the role that you didn’t quite fit, or that there are areas in which you should get more experience. These kind of insights come directly from the feedback you’ve gotten and can be invaluable when it comes to searching for your next position. You’ll have a much better idea of what you’re looking for and where you can fit in with a company or team.
Build Up Resilience
Let’s face it: getting rejected for a job is just a part of life. The more you do it, the more you’ll get used to it. Rejection isn’t fun, but it’s a way of developing some grit and resilience in the job market. And it will make it that much more rewarding when you find that perfect position that you’re really excited about.
Need help in your job search?
That’s where we come in. Contact OakTree Staffing to see how our staffing service can help you.