Staying motivated after a failed job application

Before you wallow in self pity, I’d like to remind you that there is a reason you started. When the going gets tough (and it will), there’s one thing that will help you when you’re ready to quit: Remembering why you started in the first place.

Huge numbers of people get turned down for jobs globally, so know that this is not unique to you. Remmember why you started and persevere.

You may want to consider the following tips in your quest to securing your dream job:

Ask for feedback  

It may be a bitter pill to swallow, however I believe that feedback is a gift. Contact the hiring team who rejected your application, as they may provide some invaluable feedback that can help steer you in right direction.

When thanking them for their consideration of your application, mention that you would be interested in future opportunities at the company. At the same time, ask whether you can discuss your application with someone, as you would appreciate their insight into which additional skills or experience they would have found valuable.

Focus on your strengths

There will always be areas where each of us can improve, however don’t let these outweigh your strengths. Remember that you are a unique individual, with a unique skill set. Create a list of your strengths and key contributions you’ve made to previous workplaces. Not only will this reaffirm your value as an employee, it can also come in handy for your next job interview. Focus on these, and you’re well on your way to securing that role you’ve been dreaming about.

Get constructive criticism from experts and people who support you

A fresh set of eyes can often give you a different perspective and an objective person might be able to advise where you could be going wrong.

It’s worthwhile to take the time to do thorough research around potential career paths in your field of choice. You may find that your skills are sought-after in an area other than the one in which you were focusing your job application efforts.

It can be hard not to take a job rejection personally but at some stage of the job search process, chances are you’ll be turned down for a role. Consider the above tips, and try turn a negative into a positive.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you everything of the best for the year ahead; and may all your dreams come to fruition.

Until next time, love and light.

 

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