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Rejection 101: How to bounce back better

Don’t let setbacks define you, but refine you…

Dealing with job rejections can be a daunting and disheartening experience. However, reframing rejections as opportunities for growth and learning can significantly alter your perspective and enhance your job search strategy. Here are some strategies to effectively manage and learn from rejections, ultimately using them to propel your job search forward.

1. Maintain a Rejection List: Your Blueprint for Growth

Start by keeping a record of your job applications and the outcomes. This "rejection list" can serve as a valuable tool for reflection and analysis. For each rejection, note down any feedback received, the stage of the application process you reached, and any insights or reflections on why you may not have been the selected candidate. This practice can help you identify patterns or areas for improvement. Template for reference

2. Seek Constructive Feedback

Whenever possible, reach out to the hiring managers or interviewers for feedback. Understanding the reasons behind a rejection can provide clear direction on what skills or experiences you need to develop. However, not all companies/organisations are able to provide feedback. Organisations, particularly small businesses or non-profits, may lack the necessary resources—be it time, staff, or systems—to provide personalised feedback to every applicant or participant. But when they do, it can be invaluable.

3. Identify Areas for Improvement

Use the feedback and your own reflections to identify specific areas for improvement. This could involve enhancing your resume, developing new skills, gaining additional experience, or improving your interview technique. You can also harness the power of AI to help you during your job application process, such as enhancing your CV and assisting in the interview process (you can ask it to give you questions based on the job description, for instance). Setting clear, achievable goals for improvement can help you focus your efforts and make your job search more effective.

4. Reframe Rejections as Learning Opportunities

Shift your perspective on rejections. Instead of viewing them as failures, consider them as steps in the learning process. Each rejection teaches you something new about the chosen career path and yourself. This mindset can help you maintain motivation and resilience.

5. Expand Your Job Search

If you’ve faced numerous rejections, it might be time to widen your search. Consider exploring different industries, roles, or locations that you hadn’t previously. 

Flexibility can open up new opportunities and may lead you to a role that's a better fit than those you were initially targeting. 

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6. Leverage Your Network and Seek Support

Networking can uncover hidden job opportunities and provide additional support. Connect with individuals in the animal advocacy space, attend events, and consider joining job search groups or forums. Sharing experiences and strategies with others can provide new insights and emotional support. 

You can also join the Introduction to Animal Advocacy Careers course to learn more about leveraging your skills for animals. 

7. Focus on Self-Care

Job searching is often stressful, and continuous rejections can take a toll on your mental health. Ensure you’re taking care of yourself by setting aside time for activities you enjoy, staying physically active, and seeking support from friends, family, or professionals if needed.

8. Persistence is Key

Keep exploring opportunities. The more applications you submit, the better your chances of finding the right job. Persistence is crucial. Every rejection is one step closer to an acceptance.

Final Thoughts: Your Next Chapter Awaits

Facing 50 job rejections is undoubtedly challenging, but it does not indicate your worth or capabilities. Each rejection is an opportunity to refine your approach and improve your candidacy. You are not alone; everyone has had this journey, and most people are not able to get a job in their first attempt. But that isn’t a path blocker.

Our research here indicates that we all have our individual trajectory of finding the right job. 

Job rejections are not the end of your story; they're simply part of your journey. With the right mindset and strategies, you can use these experiences to build resilience and propel yourself towards the career you've always wanted.


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