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Moving On: Job Rejection

This is the second in a series of posts about moving on from different stages of employment. Waiting to hear back from a company? Leaving a job after several years? We’ll tell you how to put the past in the past and move on to a new stage in your professional career.

You put the work in, made it to the final interview, and presented the best version of you. Despite all that, you were not chosen for the position and must move on. Now give yourself a day to sulk and after that, move on. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are the top 3 ways to move on after a job rejection.

#3 Follow the 24 hour rule.

You have exactly 24 hours to feel bad for yourself. After that, you must radiate positivity. Don’t forget, you were brave enough to go on an interview and that counts for something. Write down the top 3 reasons it’s great to be you. You are worth it!

#2 Continue networking.

Like we said in our last Moving On post, you should not put all your job eggs in one basket. A job rejection will hurt less if you’ve got other opportunities lined up. Never stop job searching until you have a written contract. Instead, make time for weekly networking events where you can meet top influencers in your field.

#1 Learn from your mistakes.

Each job interview is another opportunity to perfect your pitch. After 24 hours, you can begin assessing your interview performance. What are the questions you struggled with? What do you wish you had said? You will get another chance to interview, and when you do you should be prepared to present an even better version of you.

How about you? What do you do to bounce back after a job rejection? Let us know below!

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Ali Kelley

Ali is a freelance writer who blogs about nonprofits, tech and social media for Chicago startups, Zealous Good, Dabble, and Eventbrite. Since graduating college in 2009, she has learned a ton about job searching in a recession, and is excited to share her experiences. In addition to writing, Ali enjoys the finer things in life like pajamas that double as jeans.