Being turned down for a job can be disheartening, especially when you don’t know why your application was rejected, or when you’ll finally land one. The good news is that there are steps you can take to stay positive while you continue to look for a position that’s right for you.

Remember You're Not Alone 

Applying for jobs is a numbers game. Recruiters and interviewers often spend just a few minutes scanning candidates' CVs for a job fit. If your application was unsuccessful, remember that you're sharing this experience with thousands of others every day. Take comfort in the idea that you're not alone in your experience.

Ask for Feedback

Getting feedback on your CV, interview technique, or experience can really help you to land the next job. You could try calling or emailing the hiring manager and asking for it. Use that feedback to make changes to your CV, or take a short course that might help fill any gaps in your skillset.

Try to Stay Positive

It’s totally understandable to feel a bit rubbish when you get rejected for a job and it is important to acknowledge your feelings but equally as important not to get caught up in a negative thought pattern. Help lift your spirits by doing things you enjoy outside of work, such as meeting a friend, walking your dog, or doing your favourite exercise class.

Keep Your Options Open

Keep your job search in motion until you’ve accepted a position. It can be tempting to get your heart set on a certain job, but by keeping your options open, you’re more likely to land a job. While you’re waiting to hear back from an employer, keep sending out other applications.

Consider it a Blessing in Disguise

Sometimes, not getting the job can be the best thing for you as you'll have avoided working in an environment that wasn't right for you. By seeing this positive aspect of your rejection, you can feel more confident and secure in yourself when applying for the next opportunity.

Give Yourself a Pep Talk

If you're dealing with rejection from a job, it’s easy for your confidence to take a hit. Giving yourself a pep talk can have a big impact on your self-confidence.You can talk yourself up by listing all of the things you’re good at and keep telling yourself the ideal job will come your way soon.