No one likes rejection. It’s hurtful and full of emotions! However, in a job search you must come to terms with this word and learn how to combat negativity.
A job search is like a minefield with the potential of explosions which could cause damage to your reputation. The mind set when planning and executing a search to find your next challenge, should be to view this project long-term. If it turns out to be short-term, then halleluiah!
The moment the checkered flag drops in a job search, you are in a race, a competition where there is only one trophy! How many competitors varies according to the position, geographic location, economy, skill set and many other factors. You don’t need to do arithmetic to see that there are going to be many people by-passed in the hiring process and even the second and third best candidates don’t win a silver or bronze medal.
Be in the positive mind mode, thinking that you are going to win and take that gold position. Imagine that medallion hanging around your neck. Gold will look good on you! Also, cast your mind back to other races in swimming, athletics and Formula 1 where great candidates still perform well but drop short of a win.
In today’s hiring processes very rarely are you told why you didn’t win, mainly because time doesn’t permit the hiring authorities to call the other candidates. They must assess in their own mind why they failed and were rejected. It can rattle even the most confident and calm professional after a long job search. As hard as it may be, be prepared for rejections. However, the more rejections you receive, the closer you are to the gold medal and a win!