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Bounce back strong: How to deal with job rejections.

By Antal International

Receiving job rejections can be discouraging, especially after investing so much time and effort in the application process. Nothing to worry about! Rejections are an integral part of the job search, and there are many ways to stay positive and move forward. You will find below 7 valuable tips to help you overcome setbacks and come out on top:


See the big picture: Remember that it's not just about you or them, but the combination that may not have worked. Research shows that attributing failures to relationships rather than individuals makes people less likely to give up and more motivated to improve.


Reflect and learn: Take notes on the interview, especially the questions that caught you off guard. This valuable feedback can boost your confidence for future interviews, give you a competitive edge and allow you to excel.


Catch your breath: After a rejection, take time to recharge and manage your emotions. Rejections are part of everyone's journey, and it's essential not to over-analyze every detail. Accept it as a natural part of the process and focus on continuing your job search with renewed energy.


Plan your approach: Rethink your job search strategy. Instead of blindly sending out applications, develop a plan. Understand your strengths, what you want and the type of companies you want to work for. This targeted approach will lead to more suitable opportunities and fewer rejections.


Ask for feedback: Don't hesitate to ask for feedback if you've reached the interview stage but you haven't been selected. Constructive criticism can be a valuable asset, helping you to identify areas for improvement and align your skills with the employer's expectations.


Be willing to grow: Consider acquiring new skills that are in demand in your industry. Attending courses or workshops or keeping up with the latest trends can make you a more competitive candidate and set you apart in a crowded job market.


Network and connect: Tap into the power of networking to open doors in your industry. Reach out to your professional network or attend industry events to meet new people. You never know who might have a job lead or be a crucial link to your dream opportunity.


Above all, keep a positive attitude and a growth mindset. Remember that rejection doesn't define your value; it's simply a stepping stone on the road to success. Stay focused, determined and believe that the right opportunity will present itself at the right time. Discover hundreds of new jobs every week on

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