Let’s face it. Job rejections ain’t pretty. You could have written a kick-ass cover letter, submitted an outstanding resume, attended an interview that went really really well (or so you think). But one day you opened your email inbox to find an email from the organisation sitting on top of your other emails.
“We regret to inform you that after much consideration, your application to XXX was unsuccessful”
Ouch, that stinks.
Having been through all this myself, I will be honest to say that emails from job rejections can dent the confidence that you once had, leaving you feeling pretty much dejected and disappointed. The job search process is really not easy *virtual hug*. However, the key is to deal with these job rejections gracefully and don’t let them be obstacles in your journey to finding a great job.
Before we dive right into how you should deal with job rejections, here’s 4 ways to suss out if you have been rejected for a job. Because afterall, if you are prepared for bad news, you WILL be better at coping with it.
4 ways to suss out that you’ve been rejected for a job
1 . No contact from hiring managers after > 2 weeks
That’s right, the first sign of rejection (whether from a company or from a crush) is that there will be minimal contact. This would mean that you have not heard anything from the organisation you have applied for, even though it has been two weeks after your interview. The cold hard truth is that in most organisations, applicants are shortlisted quickly after interviews and it does not take long for the hiring manager to inform you the outcome.
Not hearing from your hiring managers after two weeks could be a sign.
2. Ghosted by hiring managers
You may have dropped a couple of emails to the hiring managers, asking about the outcome of your job application. However, there is radio silence from the other side. Uh-oh, it looks like the hiring manager might have ghosted you.
Unfortunately, that is another sign that your application may have been rejected. Having face the anxiety and stress that comes with job searching itself, the last thing you want is the feeling of hopelessness when the hiring manager seems to have ignored your email.
3. The same job posting has been renewed on the career portal
You may have come across that exact job posting on another job application website. That is also a hint that your job application was unsuccessful. If not, why would they search for more candidates?
4. The. Rejection. Email.
This one, is the most direct of them all. The job rejections emails hve finally reared its ugly head out in your email inbox. The side effects? You may start to experience a desire to sit at a corner to frown, pout and even cry (and no judging right here, we totally understand!). Other symptoms you may experience would be an inclination for you to start a pity party for yourself.
But stop! Before you do all these, listen up to our tips on how you can deal with the rejection gracefully and handle it #likeapro
Dealing with job rejections gracefully #likeapro
1. Get back on track and avoid putting all eggs in one basket
The key aspect of job searching is really to chin up and move on. We know that it is easier said than done but really that’s the key part of it. To get back on track, start applying for other suitable roles but remember – Don’t put all your job-searching eggs in one basket.
If you had only sent out one single application each time, then receiving the rejection email would be a brutal slap in your face. To lessen the pain, strategise and apply for multiple jobs at the same time. Do not only rely on one company to fulfil your job searching dreams, Plus, the more job applications you have, the higher the chances you get of landing yourself a suitable job.
2. Ask for feedback
Turn your rejection into a lesson learnt. Drop an email to the hiring manager and ask for any feedback that they have. Was it your interview that did not go too well? Or did they have an issue with your resume or was it something else?
Find out the reasons why you were rejected, and see if you can improve on the various stages of job search.
“Dear (Hiring Manager),
Thank you for informing me on the outcome of my job application. If it is convenient to reveal, could I understand why I was rejected? Also, would you or the interviewers have any feedback on how my interview went, or on my resume/cover letter?
I would be keen to improve on my job searching skills and your feedback is greatly appreciated!”
3. Keep communication lines open with hiring manager for opportunities
Some applicants may feel like they want to send the hiring manager a really rude email, out of rage and anger. But stop immediately if you are having such thoughts.
While getting emails on job rejections are a bummer, it could potentially be another opportunity. There are cases where job applicants have been offered another job position after getting rejected. You may not have gotten rejected solely based on your skills, but other factors.
Think about it: you have gotten through the last final rounds of the interview. That means that there was something about you during the job process that has impressed the hiring manager.
So what next? Drop a message to the hiring manager to let them know that you are still interested in the organisation, and that they can inform you if there are any suitable opportunities. Be careful to not come across as desperate or pushy, or that can erode some of that good foundation that you have laid with the organisation during the job search process.
A short message like this will do:
“Dear (Hiring Manager),
Thank you for informing me that my application to apply for the (job position at) XXX was rejected. I am still keen to work in your organisation, so do keep me in the loop for any similar/suitable positions.
I would really appreciate it. Thank you!”
4. Take a break, work on your CV before applying again.
Breathe in, breathe out. Give yourself a short timeout from job applications. Go do something you love (whether is it binge-eating on a whole tub of icecream, netflix, or looking at cat videos on Instagram), because you deserve it! Hey, sometimes the job searching process can really feel like a full-time job itself. Go get a breather to recharge yourself.
After you are feeling much better, analyse your resume and cover letters to see how you can improve on them. Also read up on interview tips and tricks to help you score in that next interview.
Check out the resume templates we have or tips on how you can write an effective cover letter to win over your future boss to get the ball rolling.
Once you have gained back your confidence and self-esteem, apply for that job position again (if the application is still opened after 4-6 months). If not, check out for other suitable job positions that you are interested in.
There is a saying “don’t give up the whole forest for one tree”. As cliche as it sounds, this is really what the job process is like. The journey to search for that one ideal job position is littered with job rejections here and there. To really ace in this job search process, learn to deal with job rejections and handle #likeapro. Be graceful about the job rejections, and take them in your stride. Sometimes, your job rejections could even turn out to be opportunities that you may not have known about. Who knows!
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