Rejection is never pleasant, but when it involves a job, it can be even harder because you may be worrying about your financial situation or your future.

This is especially true if it is your dream job, as you may be concerned that you will never achieve it.

There are a number of things you should remember to help you deal with job rejection, the main one being to not take it personally.

The rejection is not a measure of your professional worth. Employers are inundated with applicants for any given job, even specialised ones like software architects, and the odds are that someone will be more suitable than you, either in terms of experience, qualifications or their personality match.

What this also means is that you can potentially be better than everyone else in a different working environment. Remember that you can be an outstanding professional who just wasn’t the perfect match for that particular role.

With this in mind, it is important to keep your job rejection in perspective. Employers consider many factors when deciding whom to employ, many of which are beyond your control. It isn’t all down to your curriculum vitae (CV) and wearing a nice suit on the day.

Be positive

To handle job rejections better, avoid bringing up the past. It is easier said than done, as people tend to have a habit of remembering past rejections and failures when a new one occurs. It is important not to do this though because it will only make you feel worse.

Instead, focus on all your achievements and the positive things in your life. This will help to increase your confidence to try for another job.

As you look forward to the next interview, you can ask yourself some questions. Recollect the last interview and ask yourself what you would have done differently, what you learnt from the process, how you would have presented or handled yourself differently and so on. Answering these questions will help you to prepare better for the next job opportunity.

Ask for feedback

You may also want to consider asking for feedback from the employer who did not hire you. By getting specific feedback from him, you will be able to address key areas that the next potential employer may be focusing on, some of which may not have occurred to you.

One option that some people consider worthwhile is hiring a career coach. He will advise you on an action plan of achieving your goals and give you excellent pointers on how to improve your chances of success in an interview. A career coach can help to increase your confidence by giving you valuable feedback in a supportive environment.

Ultimately, it is important to bear in mind that rejection is a natural part of the job search. It is rare to be offered the first job you apply for, so don’t let it affect you too much. The main lesson is to work out how to improve your CV and interview techniques, and keep applying for the jobs that match your skills and interests.

Article by Sarah Jacob, editor-in-chief at EmptyLemon, one of Britain’s leading IT jobs boards. Article source: