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Cheat Sheet: How to Handle Rejection in the Real World as a Fresh Grad

Cheat Sheet: How to Handle Rejection in the Real World as a Fresh Grad


When you were in college, you made sure that you earned good grades, joined several extracurricular activities, and took your internship in a leading company so you'll be able to have great start to a career outside school. Now, you're a fresh graduate, you applied to all of your dream companies only to find out that they're not looking for new employees or rejected your job application. Of course, this is going to be frustrating, but know that this is an inevitable part of the process of finding a job for fresh grads.

Constant rejection can be depressing, no matter how qualified you might be. But if you handle it properly, you can use this rejection as a motivation in your job hunt. Here, we listed five tips on how to handle rejection in the real world that would take you one step closer to the job of your dreams!

1. Let it all out. 

When you get rejected by a company, don't ever badmouth them for not hiring you because doing so can affect your job hunt further. What you can do instead is let all the pain you're feeling out to the people close to you. You can even cry if you feel like it. Writing your thoughts down can also help since this is a helpful way to understand and pinpoint things that are worrying you and be able to change towards a positive mindset. Before you can fully move on from the rejection, you have to get the negative feelings out of your system first.  

2. Talk to someone who went through with it. 

Whether it's a college friend or your mother, you're going to need your support system while handling rejection as a fresh graduate. Whether you need someone who can relate to your dilemma or  someone who can encourage you to keep your head held high, it's important to reach out to people who are going through or have gone through rejection in their lives.

3. Know why you got rejected.

We know that rejection hurts, and this might be the reason why you don't request for feedback regarding your application, but you should! Asking for feedback will help you thoroughly learn from this experience and do better in the next company you're going to apply. This will also give you comfort in the thought that there are more jobs and companies out there for you. 

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4. Take time to collect yourself.

While you might feel like you need to get yourself out there quickly after getting rejected, it's advisable to take a short break first. Collect yourself and unplug from the world even for a day. The last thing that you would want to happen is to feel burned out from your job search. You might also end up blaming yourself if you don't take time to reflect. 

5. Use it as a lesson.

Failing from a job application encourages us to do more, not just in our job hunt, but also in life. When you learn from your mistakes, you increase your chances of landing your dream job. During this period, you shouldn't allow your frustration about rejection ruin your daily job search schedule. From taking another look at your CV to familiarizing yourself better with the company, using rejection as motivation can surely propel you to become a better candidate!

Your first rejection might come as a shock to you that you'll convince yourself that it's a mistake. When a few more rejections come in, it's going to make you mad and make you believe that you'll never be employed. But we're here to assure you that being rejected is the universe's way of preparing you for what's to come: better opportunities that match what you're ready for. The right job for you is out there, so just hang tight and don't give up!

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