Many graduates have found that a lack of jobs, tough competition and a dodgy economy have resulted in a number of unwelcome responses to job applications.
After weeks of obsessively checking your inbox, you eventually receive an email thanking you for your application...and informing you that on this occasion, you have not been successful.
On the less bright side, despite hours of hard work spent researching the company, compiling the perfect cover letter and making your CV sparkle, you were rejected.
While this may be easier said than done, try not to let job rejections dampen your spirits. Why not use them to your advantage instead?
• When responding to a rejection, suppress any impulsive reactions. Brush off shock, anger or distress (save these for after the phone call or meeting) and make every effort to come across as calm, collected and polite. They might have left you treading water in the graduate talent pool
, but they could also have been impressed by your application and may be considering keeping your details on file – so coming across as professional remains essential.
• Call the company and ask for feedback. If they accommodate your request and explain where you went wrong, you then have the opportunity to fix it in order to up your chances next time. You may discover that you need to work on your interview technique, or your writing skills – both of which can be improved with practice.
• You could also get in touch with the employer to let them know you are still interested in working for the company in spite of the rejection. Call to say that you were impressed with them at interview (if applicable) and that in the event that their chosen candidate does not work out – or a similar position crops up – you would be very interested. The firm will most likely be flattered by your interest, and will take note of your determination and perseverance.