If you are looking for a job, you will experience some level of job rejection. Just how much will depend on a lot of factors – the local economy, your level of experience and skill, the industry in which you have been working are just a few.
Don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed by rejection notices or silence from recruiters. Embrace such letdowns as an important part of life. Stay confident and optimistic.
Another way to turn rejection around is to mentally reframe the situation by embracing a sales mind-set. Successful sales people know that every rejection brings them one step closer to success.
Treat your job search as a game where the goal is to go out and actually try to get rejected. Orville Pierson, a career coach and author, recommends using a sheet of graph paper to make an “X” in one of the squares every time you are rejected. According to Pierson, “Your job is to fill the sheet with X’s. Before you fill the sheet you will have a new job.”
Using this technique, Pierson has found that the average job seeker is rejected by 24 decision makers before being hired. This technique is similar to an exercise that my colleagues and I use when teaching an MBA course on executive power and negotiation. We ask students to make requests from others until they receive 10 “nos.” Through this fun exercise, among the various insights gained, students learn to become comfortable with rejection.
Rejection is a major part of the job hunt, so don’t take it personally. Instead, grab your graph paper, get mentally tough and let the game begin! Although your number could be higher or lower, remember your goal is to see how many rejections you can collect. Keep in mind that every “no” gets you one step closer to the “yes” associated with the job offer you desire. By treating your job search as a game, you might even have some fun in the process. More at Career Coach: Dealing with rejection and setbacks – Washington Post
Look at new ways in which to work – consider part time employment and portfolio careers as well as self employment. These days many people are finding that non-traditional approaches to work are more effective than the 9-5 job.