How To Stay Motivated After Only Receiving Rejections
Job hunting can be a tedious procedure and it’s not something only recent graduates struggle with. Hours and hours are spent sifting through multiple websites, then researching the company carefully, writing a cover letter that will hopefully catch the person’s interest and tweaking your CV to perfection only to then receive a standardised email saying something along the lines of, “Unfortunately on this occasion, your application has not been successful” – if any response at all can be expected, that is.
Receiving rejections can knock your confidence back and demotivate you as you wonder why your qualifications are not enough or what made other candidates better than you. But don’t lose hope. here’s how to stay motivated.
Give your CV another check. Just to be sure. Maybe it’s the design, maybe it’s how you described your qualifications and experience. If you are applying for jobs in different industries, it could be beneficial to have different versions of your CV, highlighting different milestones and relevant experiences you have gained in the past.
Is this the right industry and level? I’m an advocate for career change and believe that, just because you haven’t worked in a specific industry before, it doesn’t mean you’re not the right person for it. But consider the person on the other end: they don’t know you or your personality, hence they can only judge from what they see on paper. As much as you know you could be a retail manager – if you haven’t worked in retail before, it might be wiser to apply for an entry level position first and work your way up.
You can’t be successful all the time. You never know what keywords the person on the other end is looking for. They might have some parameters they are told to keep in mind: age, certain qualifications, words used in the cover letter. Maybe someone else just matched the job prospect that little bit better or had that one extra certificate needed. I like to think that there is always going to be someone who is better than I am and thus, I can’t be successful all the time. And that’s okay.
Ask for feedback. Some companies offer this when they send you the dreaded rejection email but even if they don’t, ask them for feedback on why your application wasn’t successful. They might have some useful tips for you or give reasons which you’ve never even thought of before. As much as it’s difficult to hear what you have not done right, constructive criticism is always the best way to improve so getting as much as possible will undoubtedly help.
You learn as you go along. Not only feedback from companies will help you learn more about job applications. Sending an abundance of applications will automatically help you improve. Look back at the first application you’ve ever sent – would you still do it the same way? Probably not. You find better ways to phrase things, to show yourself in a good light without going overboard and to structure everything a lot clearer.
Likewise, you will learn with every step of the interview stages about presenting yourself, which questions might pop up and how to prepare. If you feel like you’ve given it your best try in every stage, rejection is not as bad any more as you’re less likely to blame it on yourself.
Being unsuccessful and receiving rejections is never a great feeling. But if you view it as a learning curve, you can take a lot of positive aspects from it – and finding the right job at the end of it will be the best reward for all the hard work you put in.