Job Search and Effective Ways to Face Rejection

It is always exciting to see job positions that match my skills. To some extent, I start dreaming about them with excitement. However, I am getting frustrated due to the many rejection popping up on my email box. When I started job searching, I promised myself that I would not let my emotions get affected. But I lied!

Job-searching is an intense process, and it also is a job in itself. I spend eight hours a day from Monday to Friday networking, having meetings, conducting company research, and writing applications. The number of people asking, “Haven’t you found a job yet, Michelle” is also increasing. Don’t get me wrong, this and other similar questions come from the right place, as people are genuinely concerned. But on the other hand, it can create some sort of pressure. And not forget some expectations, which, as a result, can lead to feeling overwhelmed. 

To deal with rejection, I wrote down effective ways that have helped so far. I also learned to detach my personal feelings and view rejection as objectively as possible as I can.

So, below are the effective ways I am currently using to deal with rejection.

  • Be confident – It is essential to believe in me even when I get rejections. They make me uncomfortable, but I can use them when reflecting on my job-searching process. To try and see which areas need extra attention and improvement.
  • Try other activities –  It is crazy to say, but job-search takes a lot of my time. Instead of spending a ridiculous amount of time on job portals, I am also creating time for other fun activities to keep my emotions on track and avoid stress. 
  • Be patient – As I continue with job search, I will be patient and stay positive. I will also focus on the things I can control.
  • Avoid comparisons – I think it is okay to make a  “friendly” comparison with other people. However, I am learning to do it mindfully and ensure that it does not discourage or affect my job-searching process. 
  • Ask for feedback – This was a bit difficult, but now,  I write back and ask for feedback. I use the feedback to make an even better application. 
  • Stop whining and move on fast – It is okay to complain a little about rejection, but other job positions are awaiting, and I need to prepare myself to send more applications. So, the idea is to stop whining and move on real fast.

It would be interesting to hear about your experiences with your job search. Please, leave me a comment below. 

As always, Thank you so much for reading. 

Rejectoion - Michelle Bastholm
Rejectoion - Michelle Bastholm
Rejection - Michelle Bastholm
Rejection - Michelle Bastholm
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  1. Josette
    October 10, 2020 / 7:28 pm

    Job searching is truely a job in it self and a super draining one. I really like your points because it’s so easy to get stressed while job hunting

    One of the things I’ve had luck with in the past was getting creative with my applications. I once showed up at the office of one small company on a Friday afternoon with donuts and my application. And that lead to an interview and job offer.

    Another thing was researching the company and finding ways they’re marketing activities were lacking and making a small case to how they could solve it as my application.

    You might already be doing this or similar things, but thought I would share 🙂

    • November 4, 2020 / 3:08 pm

      Hi Josette,

      I have to say that reading your comment made me smile. I love how you tackled the job search process. We should talk more about this topic, as I already like your ideas and approach. 🙂

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