There is a plethora of advice available on how to “get the job.” But what happens when you’ve taken all the proper steps and you still don’t get the call asking you when you can start? Rejection is disappointing, but turning a negative into a positive is the best thing you can do to move forward.
Handle rejection with professionalism to protect your reputation and your brand:
- Express gratitude: After hearing back from the hiring manager, thank them for their consideration. Asking for feedback can help you gain insight into whether there were any particular skills or examples of work that would have had a more positive impact. Check out “How to Ask Why You Didn’t Get the Job” for advice on this tricky conversation.
- Don’t be defensive: It’s easy to get offended and flash your defensive side, but conducting yourself in the most professional manner possible when you don’t get the job can leave the door open and won’t damage your reputation (remember, it’s a small world).
- Utilize the experience and feedback: Think of rejection as a chance to improve. This is a great time to refine your resume, portfolio and job expectations.
Remember, you will bounce back, and thinking of this temporary setback as a learning experience can make you a better job candidate, and ultimately, a better employee.