Dealing with Rejection in Your Job Search

By Sabrina Risley

In a crowded marketplace of qualified job seekers, rejection can become a common occurrence. And while the rejection is sure to end at some point, while in the midst of it, it could feel like it’s never ending. First, know that everyone deals with job rejection whether you never receive a call back from an application or resume, or you never get offered the job after an interview. Its common place that when you are looking for a job, you’ll be sure to come face to face with it.

Second, know that each rejection gets you closer to the right job. There are countless stories about people who thought they desperately wanted a position, felt that it was the right company, but the job wasn’t offered to them. The devastation was heart breaking, but just around the corner was another opportunity that presented a greater work environment, pay, etc.

If the rejection blues are starting to weigh in on you and you feel yourself slipping into desperate thinking, aka I’ll go work at Starbucks, Wal-Mart, etc let’s shift this feeling and refocus. While I don’t discount going to work at those places, and think if you need the money it’s not a bad idea – however, sometimes people are over qualified for those positions as well and get rejected from those applications too – then here we are back at dealing with rejection again.

First things first, allow yourself to take a break from job searching. Whether stepping away for an hour, a day or a week all the jobs will still be there when you return.

Second, acknowledge that this is a process and no matter how quickly you want the job searching to end it just takes time.  There will be an end in the road.

Lastly, have fun. Turn on some inspiring music, go for a walk or workout at the gym, or event take advantage of the time to get back involved in a hobby you’ve stepped away from.  Do something for yourself and enjoy your life!

Remember, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.

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Sabrina Risley founded Behind The Moon, Inc.® in 2003, a Colorado-based networking and referral group organization that sets itself apart with its motto “grow your business by helping others grow theirs.” Behind The Moon offers several networking events across Colorado’s Front Range, as well as referral groups that attract professionals who network to give rather than get.  You will find Sabrina speaking to audiences about effective networking techniques, the power of partnerships, and principles of service and giving as a means to grow a business.  To learn more about Behind The Moon, please visit

Sabrina Risley

Sabrina Risley is a master connector. She’s been hosting live networking events since 2004 and has welcomed 20,000+ professionals to those events. She shares her observations, insights and tips of how the top 2% of effective and magnetic networkers build their businesses. She also shares what NOT to do when networking. Get her complimentary e-book: Strategic Networking for Success.
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