It can be a hard thing to recover after not getting the job, especially after all of that time and effort you put into your research, application, interview, and follow up. (Psst! Can't get hired? Watch this free tutorial.) The good news is that, even if you didn’t get the job, you can still come out on top Instead of getting falling victim to your frustration, you can turn this situation into a positive. But how? Here are a few tips for recovering from not getting the job:
This is probably the least favorite part of any recruiter’s job. Nobody likes to deliver bad news. Disappointing someone who took the time to go through your hiring process isn’t fun. And yet, how we choose to let a candidate down says a lot about our recruiter brand. Notice I said “choose.” That’s because you really do need to be intentional about how you contact and share this news with a candidate. They will always remember how you made them feel. Your treatment of this situation will determine what they think about the company going forward. That's why it's essential that you tell candidates they didn't get the job in the right way.
After weeks of going back and forth with an amazing company about a job that would be absolutely PERFECT for you, they tell you the position has been filled. Wait, WHAT? Excuse me? What was all of that talk about how “you’ve really impressed us,” “you’d be a great asset to our company,” and “we think you’d be an ideal fit”? Where they all lies? Filthy, stinkin’, rotten LIES? Being rejected totally sucks. You went all in for this job only to leave with nothing. You felt lead on and used. And worst of all, you didn’t feel good enough. Unfortunately, the hiring process can be complicated, and there are a lot of factors that could’ve contributed to this less-than-satisfactory result (i.e. internal candidates, office politics, requirements, etc.). But the best way to get back at an employer who let you down is to use your frustration as fuel to go grab a better, HOTTER opportunity (like these professionals did). You deserve an employer that’s going to treat you right, value your contributions, and maybe even take you out to lunch once and awhile. So, how do you do that? What can you do to make employers fight over you? Try this…
“If you don’t go up to bat, you can’t get a hit,” is a much-cited cliché. A corollary to this reality, is that, if you go up to bat and put yourself on the line, you won’t always get the job; the order; the client; the promotion; and/or the raise. No one always succeeds! Related: How To Turn Job Rejection Into An Advantage Knowing this, the questions to ask are: So, what happens when you get rejected? How do you deal with rejection? Do you handle it constructively and strategically; or do you let your toxic emotions cloud your best judgment and evaluative processes, and make a self-sabotaging career choice and thereafter act on it to your great detriment? In my book, Your Killer Emotions: The 7 Steps to Mastering the Toxic Emotions, Urges, and Impulses That Sabotage You, I discuss The "7 Steps of Emotion Mastery," which enable you to make highly beneficial workplace choices - free from sabotaging emotions and feelings, such as rejection. Here are some suggestions to accomplish this: