The economy is in restructure mode, which means job cuts and more competition than ever for the positions that are out there. Unfortunately this means that coming to terms with rejection is something that needs to be taken on board as part of your job hunting armoury.

The reality is that even though your resume may be A1, you dazzled them in the interview and to you it’s a dream job and company – the answer is still often “no”. It’s a numbers game, so take a Nietzschean approach and vow that “what does not kill you makes you stronger.”
The first thing to keep in mind is not to personalise it and to separate emotion from logic. You may not have had the right experience mix for that particular role but for a different role, it will be perfect. The key is to stay focused and positive no matter how your ego may be buffeted and use the experience to enhance your next job opportunity.

Here are some fast tips to keep your energy primed:

  • Surround yourself with positive people who can provide morale boosts and positive examples of job acquisition strategy.  Negativity and dwelling on past failures can destroy the prospects of the highest calibre executive.
  • Never lose faith in yourself.
  • Stay current. When in between jobs it’s easy to stop engaging in the market you operate in. Keep reading the business press, trade magazines and use online resources to keep informed and on the ball about recent executive moves, restructures and trends.
  • Hire a career coach if you can. It provides you with a supportive environment and bolsters your confidence in tough times. It will also help you create a targeted action plan and help you reach your goals.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the recruiter or employer that rejected you for constructive feedback, it can help refine your approach or skills.
  • Don’t forget that career setbacks are temporary and that while change can be challenging it’s a door into a new world.