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Jobs: 7 things to do after you've been rejected

April 15, 2014 11:26 IST

Jobs: 7 things to do after you've been rejected

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Sudhanshu Arora, Careesma.in

Everyone gets turned down at least once in their career.

Instead of whining and finding excuses for your failure, here is how you can cope with this rejection!

Job rejections are not easy, but if you have been declined a job offer, you should realise that you are not the only one.

In fact, you fall among a vast majority as only a very small percent of job seekers who apply, actually land up with an offer. So do not be dismayed.

Here are some tips that can help you deal with job rejection and make the most of the situation.

1. Rework on your resume

Have a look at your resume once again.

Check if you have mentioned something not important for a particular job.

Also check if you have written adequately about your skills and education.

Probably there is some glitch in your resume that is taking a toll on your employment prospects.

So get your resume to the drawing board once again, try to restructure it, highlight your strengths, and play down the not-so-great parts of the resume.

Make sure it is visually appealing.

Experiment with different font, colours, layout etc but don't overdo it.

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2. Expand your job search base

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Check for more jobs that you can apply for based on your qualification.

There are new job roles and profiles available every day, so be on the look-out for them.

Try to reach out to more recruiters, companies, hiring managers and don't be adamant on getting a job in one or a few locations alone.

This should improve your search base and bring to you more opportunities.

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3. Improve communication and soft skills

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Interviewers tend to appoint those who are professional in their approach and have clarity in what they say.

Even if you are a fresher, you can still acquire these skills through proper grooming.

Attend relevant workshops and brush up your soft skills. This will not only make you appear more professional in an interview, but also boost your self-confidence!

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4. Take mock interviews from peers

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The next time you're hanging out with friends or spending quality time at home, get them to take a mock interview.

Since they are people who know you well, they will be able to provide a constructive feedback on your performance.

A mock interview will help you evaluate your performance in an interview setting.

It will help you take notice of the subtle aspects that affect an interview, like your hand gestures and body movement.

It will also help you gain an idea of the kind of questions you may have to face in an actual interview.

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5. Ask for feedback from the company

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It is perfectly fine to contact the company that declined you.

You can ask for the reason why you did not make it to the next round, and what it was that did not meet the mark.

Now that you know what it is that put them off, you are better prepared for your next interview!

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6. Stay in touch with the HR

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You never know when the next vacancy will arise.

In most cases, they come up out of the blue, and if you are in touch with the HR in charge, you might just be able to grab that opportunity before anyone else!

Casual calls once in a while, mailing them your updated resume, are some of the things you can do to keep in touch.

The next time you spot while you are out, don't hesitate to go say Hi :)

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7. Learn new skills that can be a value-add

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Upgrade your current skill set. Take a new course, learn a new language, or update your computer knowledge.

Remember that there are many people with the same educational qualification as you, so it is the extra skills that you have, which is going to make you stand out.

Employers always look out for candidates who can bring more to the table than their colleagues.

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8. Use professional network connections

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Using a referral programme instantly improves your chances of getting hired.

This is because the people who refer you personally know both those in the company as well as its potential requirement.

A good word from them about you can go a long way.

So reach out to your friends and relatives and ask them right away if there are any vacancies at their workplace!

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9. Re-focus

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Are you applying for the right jobs? Does your skill set match with job profile?

Recheck the job that you have applied for, and confirm if that is best suited for you.

In most cases, candidates apply for jobs that may not be completely relevant to them.

This indirectly conveys to the HR that you are carelessly applying to any job that you find, and he or she may not consider you for job that might actually suit your qualifications.

So before you click that 'Submit' button, ensure that the job profile matches your education and skills set. This should get you more responses than before.

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10. Consult a career expert

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For all you know, what can help you the best would be just one discussion with a career expert!

They are people with years of experience and industry knowledge.

They would know about the scope, potential and current hiring trends.

A chat about your areas of interests and skills will help them guide you to a job that you would love.

Good luck with your job search!


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