Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth Career Services Director Stacey Schmitt guest blogs on rejection in the job search. She offers advice on what your plan of action should be after you DON’T get the job.If you have ever been active in the job search, you’ve probably experienced rejection. You may have thought you were the perfect fit, and carefully crafted your application materials to make that apparent to the hiring manager. You may have even been through multiple rounds of interviews to eventually find out the organization has gone a different route. You may have felt that all your time spent was a big waste.
Negative thoughts may be running through your head, and you may be feeling pretty helpless. We’re here to tell you, ‘don’t worry’. All these feelings are perfectly natural, and we’re here to help you combat them.
There are many things you can do to move on, and help move towards getting the job. Here’s the first four steps you need to take:
1. Take a deep breath
Like I said, rejection can take on many different forms. You may have received a ‘thanks, but no thanks’ message mere days after you applied, or you may have been a finalist. In either case, take a step back before taking your next step forward. Take that breath, relax, and try to focus on the next application.
2. Re-evaluate your materials
Next, look at yourself and your materials. Is your resume perfectly formatted and grammatically correct? Are you submitting your best work portfolio to employers? Are you putting your best foot forward?
If the answer is ‘no’ to any of these, it’s time to go back to the drawing board. Remember, every position is a little different. You should be tweaking your materials so that they reflect how your experience and education is in line with the qualifications and responsibilities of the job you are applying for.
3. Reach out to your network
“It’s not what you know, but who you know that makes the difference.” – Anonymous
This quote couldn’t be more accurate. All of us have networks we can reach out to for help. Family, friends, co-workers, ex-employers are all great examples of who we can reach out to for assistance. Remember, there are a lot of jobs that aren’t readily available to the public and require a special reference to even be considered. Reaching out, in the online and offline world, can help you access those positions, and move yourself to the top of the heap for hotly contested openings.
4. Call your friendly career services team
Finding a great job that you are passionate about is the precise reason you are in school. That’s why we’re here to help. Remember, our services are available to you for the rest of your life. That’s right, LIFETIME CAREER ASSISTANCE for free! We have all the resources you could possibly need to help you find your next favorite job. As you may know, we offer the following services:
- Interview assistance
- Resume review
- Job search techniques
- Career Connect, a free job search website exclusively for Minnesota School of Business students
We’re always here to help, connect and help you grow in your career.