Getting rejection emails? Who doesn’t love it? Especially when it comes to jobs, which is the most stressful kind of rejection.
The unfortunate reality is – this is the name of the game. It’s how you go about getting rejected that’s key. Do you find that a lot of your rejections appear to be the same? Do they all appear automated? That means that you didn’t have an aggressive technical aspect to your application (we explored this in another article).
So, what’s the deal then? How do you get properly rejected to get where you need? Getting Rejection Emails Tip:
1. Getting Rejection Emails Tip #1: Get in the right headspace. Rejection is part of the process. If you get annoyed every time you get rejected, you’re already setting yourself up for mental failure. Expect rejection and it will serve you well in the long run.
2. Getting Rejection Emails Tip #2: Get rejected the right way – not by a computer, but by a human. When computers reject you, it means that a human never had the opportunity to try to reject you. When you get rejected by a human, it means that someone (someone) actually had to reject you. There’s a difference.
3: Getting Rejection Emails Tip #3: Get more rejections from humans so you can open more doors. In the real-life use case shown below, we can see that thoughtful emails were written from someONE, where although rejected, the door appears to still be open for future opportunities. This is how you should get rejected. Let them come back to you in the future if needed. Grow your network while you’re getting rejected.
Getting Rejection Emails Tip #4: Sometimes hiring managers will respond to you to give you more context around why you weren’t selected. So, ask. What’s the worst they can do? They already rejected you, so you have nothing to lose. Ask for feedback about what you could have done better during the hiring process. You may end up with some helpful tips for the future.
Getting Rejection Emails Tip #5: If you’re consistently getting rejected with the same approach and application materials (mainly, resume), then you should consider the source of why this is happening. Does your resume need help? Are you application materials really competitive? If they’re subpar either from a storytelling perspective or technical aspect, you’re going to keep getting rejected. If you need to solicit help on any of what you’re putting out there – do it. Otherwise, you’ll continue to be stuck in a rut.
Remember. Keep doing the same thing, keep getting the same results. Fail faster if what you’re doing isn’t working.
Rejection isn’t fun. But there is a way to go about it, and there are opportunities that can arise from having put yourself out there to get rejected. It’s all how you do it.