1. Keep rejection in context
The current employment market in Zambia is extremely tough – especially for young people. There are thousands of very bright and very capable people all looking for work. However, with a limited number of jobs many will suffer rejection before they secure a job. It is important to remember that if you are rejected for a job it does mean that:
- You are a bad person
- You are not intelligent
- You were not capable of doing the job
It might just mean that there were lots of applicants and the employer could only choose a limited number of people.
2. Learn from rejection
When you have been rejected for a job it is vital that you review your application and interview (if applicable) and search for ways that you can improve for next the time. Here are a few examples of how you can use rejection to spur you on to success in the future:
- Did you have the qualifications stipulated in the job advert – could you undertake further study to gain additional qualifications?
- Did you have the required experience – could you gain additional experience that would help next time?
- Where you prepared for the questions raised at interview – would more preparation help you in the future?
3. Turn rejection into a positive experience
By turning rejection into a positive experience and learning from your experiences you will be in a much better position to succeed in the future. Even the process of writing and rewriting your applications will help you to improve your application each time you apply for a job. Similarly, every job interview is an opportunity to gain experience of the interview environment, the types of questions employers ask and how you could answer.
Try to stay positive and always remember that, “The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time ” and that “It is hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
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