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By Damilola Faustino

When some people walk out of a job interview they are very confident because you have proved yourself as the most qualified candidate. You wait for the phone call, but instead, you get that the rejection letter. Nobody likes rejection, but there are ways you can make this negative experience positive. Consider these tips for handling rejection.

Keep in contact

If you receive a rejection email from the human resource manager, you should thank him/her for the opportunity to be interviewed and do not forget to prompt them to keep you in mind for future job opportunities. Never respond to the HR managers with an unprofessional tone or rude response.

Focus on other opportunities

Keep your options open, and seek out promising positions in other organisations. Placing all your hopes in one job sets you up for a bigger let down if you do face rejection from the potential employer.

Recognise your emotions

It is fine if you feel disappointed, upset or even angry after a job rejection. This said, it’s important that you don’t allow it to linger for too long. Channel your negative feelings in a fun, constructive way. For example, take a brief break from the job hunt and engage in something exciting.

Assess your interview skills

Think back to the job interview and ask yourself what you could have done differently. Were you sending the wrong body language? Did you fail to show enthusiasm? Did you sell yourself and establish your personal brand? Think about how you responded to certain questions. This will give you an idea of the changes you need to make to your interview skills.

Do not change your routine

Create a job search routine that works for you, and stick to it. Spend some time every day scanning job postings, networking with prospective employers, sending out CV, reading industry articles or perusing career-related social media sites. Before long, you will get your next job.

Review your Curriculum

Take the time to read your Curriculum Vitae and make necessary changes before going to another job interview. Make sure your skills and qualifications match up with the jobs for which you are applying and check for any inaccuracies, grammar issues or spelling errors.

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