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3 Lessons To Take When You Don't Get The Job You Want

Monday, March 6, 2017
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You filled out the job application. You submitted your resume. Weeks go by, and you haven't heard anything. Then, you get the email you've been waiting on...but it's a rejection. 

Ouch! I've been there. 

There's nothing worse than waiting to hear from a company only to realize that you weren't selected for the job offer, especially if it was a job you really wanted. It hurts, and it can really take a shot to your confidence. After a while, rejection after rejection can begin to take a toll on you. But, instead of seeing these rejections as a negative, try seeing the bigger picture instead.

Don't Take It Personal


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Just because you didn't get the job you wanted doesn't mean you're not a solid candidate. Recruiters can be pretty fickle about what they're looking for when it comes to a job offer. Therefore, it may not be about you. Remember that a rejection isn't a shot at you. Internalizing the rejection will only create bitterness that carries over into your next job interview. 

What's For You Is Meant For You


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I'm a strong believer that if it was really in the cards, it would happen. Learn to accept that if you didn't get this job it may have been for the better. Not getting the job could have been the push you needed to search for something better. Move forward knowing that what's for you is still out there.

Learn From Your Mistakes


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Take a look at your resume and cover letter. Is there something there that could use some tweaking to make you stand out more? Take a step back to reassess if there's anything that possibly hindered you from getting a foot in the door. Are your skills clearly stated? Did you emphasize your career accomplishments in your cover letter?


11 comments on "3 Lessons To Take When You Don't Get The Job You Want"
  1. I'm all for learning from failure. One big thing is Never, ever give up! Thanks for the great post

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  2. Great list of lessons. I currently stay home with my girls, but I will definitely share this with my husband.

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    1. Definitely! It comes in handy to keep these in mind. Thanks for reading!!!

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    1. Absoutely!!! Learning that just because one door closes doesn't mean another won't open.

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  4. Learning from your mistakes is so so important so we don't make them again!

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    1. Absolutely! There's always a lesson to be learned.

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  5. Great post. I think we all have been there. Your lessons will definitely help anyone who finds their job application rejected.

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    1. Thank you for reading! It can be hard. Especially during these current hard times.

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  6. This is a great post and number one is so important! It can be hard to not take things personal, but it's so good to be able to pick yourself up and move on to the next.

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