How To Deal With Rejection In Your Job Search

By Allison Elder on May 30, 2016

Much like rejection in romantic relationships, rejection during a job search can be hard to handle. Whether applying for summer internships or full-time jobs after graduation, most of us will deal with a lot of rejection before we find our best fit.

Here are my best tips on dealing with rejection and staying motivated during your job search.

pixabay.com

Scatter your applications. While applying for jobs during the busy school year, it can be easy to let them pile up and apply all at once when you have free time. The problem with applying all at once: you might also get your rejections all at once.

It’s extremely hard to handle rejection and continue to feel motivated with so much negativity piled on. Try your hardest to scatter your applications, so the responses won’t pile up on you.

As soon as you get a rejection, send another application. When getting a rejection from an application or after an interview, your first instinct might be to wallow in the sadness and disappointment. If you let yourself spiral for too long, it’ll be difficult to return to the job search. Take a few minutes to be sad, and then immediately start to prepare your next application. It’ll reinvigorate your hope and it might even end up in a job.

Talk to friends. This one might seem obvious, but it can be difficult to talk to friends about rejection. Just remember: your friends are most likely going through the same experience. Share your experiences so that your friends can give advice and comfort.

pixabay.com

Visit career services. If your university has a career services office, visit them. You can talk to them about your experiences, let them look over your resume, and get advice on what to do during job interviews. Even if you feel you’re not doing anything wrong during interviews, there’s always room to improve and become a better candidate. If you aim to improve yourself every time you’re rejected, it’ll make the process a lot easier as time goes on.

Take the little victories. If you got an interview, celebrate! Even if you didn’t get the job, you got a lot further than a lot of others. Every application and every interview is an opportunity to learn and improve. Soon enough, you’ll have a larger victory to celebrate.

Remember your worth. Sometimes college can feel like one long, extended search for a job after graduation and if you don’t succeed, you’ve failed. As important as finding a job is, it’s not everything. The job you get or don’t get doesn’t define you, so don’t let it. Even if you don’t get the job you’ve been dreaming of, even if you have to take a couple of months off after graduation, even if you have to continue living with your parents — life goes on. Keep applying, keep following these tips, and stay motivated.

Allison is a third year student at the University of Virginia majoring in English and Media Studies.

Follow Uloop

Apply to Write for Uloop News

Join the Uloop News Team

Discuss This Article

More Uloop Campus Life Articles

UVA INTERNSHIPS LISTINGS

See all UVA Internships Listings

GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY

Receive recent UVA news and classifieds on your Facebook Feed. Click the button below and then click "Like"

BROWSE OTHER COLLEGES

Back to Top

Log In

or Sign Up
Students
Post FREE Listings
Student Start Here
Employers
Post Jobs for Students
Employers Start Here
Housing Providers
Post Available Housing
Housing Start Here

Enter College Name to See Local Results

Log In

Contact Us

Forgot your password?

Your new password has been sent to your email!

Logout Successful!

You just missed it! This listing has been filled.

Post your own housing listing on Uloop and have students reach out to you!

Upload An Image

Please select an image to upload
Note: must be in .png, .gif or .jpg format
OR
Provide URL where image can be downloaded
Note: must be in .png, .gif or .jpg format

By clicking this button,
you agree to the terms of use

By clicking "Create Alert" I agree to the Uloop Terms of Use.

Image not available.
By clicking Get Started or Sign In you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service

Add a Photo

Please select a photo to upload
Note: must be in .png, .gif or .jpg format