4 tips to deal with rejections and stay motivated during your job search

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Job applications of all kinds and rejections go hand in hand, we all have gone or will go through rejections at some point in our lives, so there’s no point in trying to avoid them always. To help you embrace them in the best way, here are four tips I’m sharing from my experience of getting 89 rejections before securing my placement.


Sometimes it’s just not the right one

We can get into the habit of applying to so many roles, that some don’t even fit our profile and yet we believe they do. I admit that I’ve applied to a couple that didn’t quite align with my profile, but because I liked the company so much, I still gave it a try and got rejected. In some cases, we’re not sufficiently prepared for the role or the organisation’s culture doesn’t coincide with our values or our way of working, hence, these rejections can actually be positive.

Still, it’s understandable that after all the effort put into an application, getting a no is everything but pleasing. My suggestion to avoid rejections like these is to research the company in advance: search what they have been working on lately, their top achievements, their values and objectives, check what their employees have to say, and look out for any news. I find it helpful to see if I visualise myself working for that organisation.

Rejections do not mean you are useless

It’s easy to feel demotivated when you get rejected and to think you are not good enough. However, just because someone else got the job doesn’t mean you are worthless. Every time I got a no, it really helped me to think, “It’s a no for now, at this moment in time, in these circumstances and for this specific role“. It does not mean it’s a no forever or for everything. There are opportunities for everyone – it’s just that some people may be quicker finding theirs than you, and that is fine.

We all have bad days

Ups and downs are normal, especially during the process of searching and applying for roles, and even more during the times we live in. That’s why ATTITUDE is so important. Facing the recruitment process with positivity not only increases your energy and confidence, but also shows through and can influence the employer’s decision. I realised that I was thinking too much about the skills and knowledge I could talk about during the interview or in a cover letter, and gave little importance to how I came across. As much as we try to be positive and enthusiastic, some days we’re not feeling at our best, so don’t be too hard on yourself and don’t take rejections personal.

Learn from the feedback and keep in mind why you started the process in the first place

If you have never asked for feedback after a rejection, my biggest recommendation is you do request it next time. Knowing what went well, what didn’t and what your strengths and weaknesses are is extremely helpful for future processes. Treat rejections as chances to improve and feedback as valuable advice from professionals – you will be surprised how much you can learn. Lastly, something that truly helped me not to give up was always keeping in mind the reason, in my case, why I decided to go on placement and treating it as the objective I had to achieve no matter what.

“The level of satisfaction you get from something that was hard to achieve is a million times greater than that that you get from something that was easy.”

Written by Alba Carrera Valle, Placement student