How to cope with rejection during your job search

You’re not alone when you fear rejection during a job search. While nobody likes rejection, coping with it during your search is no big deal when you understand that having to cope with rejection comes with the territory for job hunters.

After all, your chances of getting a job offer the first time out are practically nil. So you’ll conduct yur job campaign with less stress by knowing there will be more situations where you do not get the job.

While being turned down for a job is never easy, job hunters can’t avoid it. But you can avoid taking rejection personally by looking at rejection from a different point of view. With each rebuff, you’re coming closer to being offered a job.

That’s becsuse you become a better job cndidate in the job search process by learning more about yourself and the job marketplace. This lets you present more effectively at your next job interview.

Five powerful techniques for dealing with job search rejection

  1. Get used to the idea of being rejected by understanding there’s more rejection than acceptance during any search.
  2. Think of interviews as auditions. Actors spend entire careers auditioning just to land one role. All you need to do is audition to land one job.
  3. Reduce your sensitivity to rejection by knowing that being turned down for a jobdoesn’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 who was better qualified for the job.
  4. Debrief yourself after each intervierw by reflecting on things you did well and continue building on them. Determine what you could have improved. 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.”
  6. Transform your feelings of rejection with this magic formula—SW, SW, SW— Next! That stands for some will, some won’t, so what—Next.

After being rejectioed, keep moving onward and upward to your next interview, network meeting, or contact with a recruiter until you find those hiring managers willing to say “YES.”

You can learn more techniques for coping with rejection in 60-seconds each in the chapter titled “Best Ways to Cope With Rejection” in my book Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. Click here for more information

Copyright ©2016 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.