Coping With Rejection While Job Hunting — part 2

You learned from Fridays post about handling rejection that being turned down comes with the job-hunting territory. Today, you’ll acquire five techniques you can use for coping with rejection.

  1. Get used to the idea of being rejected by understanding there’s more rejection than acceptance during any job search.
  2. Think of interviews as auditions. Actors spend entire careers auditioning just to land one role. All you need to do is to audition for just one job and to get it.
  3. Reduce your sensitivity to rejection by knowing this: Being turned-down for a job doesn’t mean you’ve failed as a person. It means your presentation might have failed or there was a legitimate reason you weren’t hired. Perhaps the company hired internally or picked a candidate better qualified for the job.
  4. Debrief yourself after each interview. Reflect on things you did well during an interview and continue to build on them. Determine what you could have improved. And ask yourself if you demonstrated how you met the criteria for the job. Your next interviews will go a whole lot smoother because of this debrief.
  5. Write the word “no” on a piece of paper until you’ve used it all up. Then write “yes” as the last word in the lower right hand corner. Every time you get a “no,” circle it and be grateful. You’re getting closer to a “yes.”

You can transform negative feelings that have been generated with your being turned-down for a job with this magic formula: SW, SW, SW—NEXT. I’ll explain what this magic formula means and how to use it in my next post on

In the meantime, you can learn everything you need to know about how to find a job and succeed in the job you find while reading my book Your One Minute Job Finding Coach.

Copyright ©2015 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.