Job Rejection: What It Means and How to Deal

by Christine C. Bitoon



You’ve been there. You send out ten applications and get four return calls. Only one company gives you an offer that you do not even like. Job rejection may already be a general term for application letters that were ignored or phone calls and emails with a big NO. Even with the number of years you have applied and have taken on jobs, not getting the part is still a painful blow most of the time.

The evolution of the job market comes with the changes in how HR departments process applications. There are now different standards and different approaches to evaluating applicants. Regardless of the strategies, one thing remains: they will hire the best fit for the job, whether it is for a finance job or an IT job. Competition is only getting tighter as companies become more fastidious and professionals become more aggressive as they conduct their job search in Singapore.  

It’s all right…

There are different factors HR personnel consider before hiring a candidate. Your salary expectations, previous work experiences and even your location can make or break a new job for you. The point is that you should not blame yourself for getting rejected at a job. You should not take things personally.

Before you invite yourself to a self-pity party, see things in a different a perspective. Unless you are applying for one of twenty rank and file posts, you should not feel incompetent if you do not get a job. The top levels of management are not crowded, but neither are there seats available for everybody. You may not be the perfect candidate for a position, as much as they may not be a perfect fit for your career objectives.  
Because you can deal with it…

Be proactive. Ask the employer about their hiring process and why you were not hired for the job. Was it something in your resume? Is it a skill you lack that they require for top marketing jobs? Or was it how you conducted yourself during the interview? Pinpoint improvement areas and work on them.

Try different job search tactics. Instead of simply sending your resume to companies you want to work in, leverage other tools and avenues. Use your current network and ask colleagues to endorse you to their HR or their superior. Sign up in a job search portal and make your resume searchable for employers or headhunters. This expands your territory and helps you have more chances of getting hired.

Like a boss!

The expression “like a boss” means to do something impressively, like how a boss would do things. Be confident and be the epitome of that expression. Surely you can pick something out of every job application that did not turn out as you expected. Maximize them and turn them into weapons in your career arsenal.

Improve on yourself. Suit up and dress for success. Sit down and tackle a problem you have been avoiding. While you wait for the perfect job for you, create your own learning environment and maximize the time that you are transitioning from one job to another, or from being without a job to being employed. Make yourself the candidate that every company wants to take in.  
 
 

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