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How To Overcome Job Rejections and Maintain a Positive Attitude

How To Overcome Job Rejections and Maintain a Positive Attitude

Applying for jobs can be nerve-racking and often times discouraging.  Being rejected for a position you wanted is a part of life and doesn’t mean that you should give up trying to get your dream job.  Here are some ways to maintain a positive attitude after facing a job rejection.  

Work On Your Skills

Some of the time, you will get rejected for a job because you are lacking something the employer wants. Asking the employer what exactly you were missing can give you an idea of what to work on for the next job you apply for.  Reapplying for a job after becoming more qualified can also give that employer an insight on who you are as a person.  You will come off as hardworking and determined, making them much more likely to hire you.

Take the necessary time to truly focus on what you can improve. Always be honest with yourself and the hard work will show.  There is nothing wrong with needing a little help, especially if it will get you one step closer to your dream role.


Don’t Take It Personally

Sometimes, you may just not be the right person for the job. This doesn’t mean that you aren’t qualified for the position.  The employer may have interviewed someone who is a better fit for the job. This can be difficult to accept, but taking it personally will just make you doubt yourself and your abilities.  

There will most likely always be someone who is better than you at something. This doesn’t mean that your skills aren’t valid or needed, there may just be someone better equipped to do the job.  Accepting this is a step in the right direction.

Learn About Your Weaknesses

Sometimes employers will give you feedback after an interview so that you know why you didn’t receive a job offer. This can be great constructive criticism to help you land a job in the future.  If you aren’t given any feedback as to why you were rejected, just ask.  This is a huge step in learning about what you need to improve and focus on.  


It can be difficult learning what exactly your weaknesses are, but its essential to getting to where you want to be. If you want to get the job of your dreams, you need to know how to get there. Employers should have no problem being open and honest with you about your qualifications and needed improvements.

Keep Trying

Don’t give up on your job search just because of one rejection. There are plenty of jobs out there so keep your options open.  Using the previous tip of learning about your weaknesses can really help while applying to other jobs.   Job rejections are going to happen and that is no reason to give up.  


Applying to more than one job at once can also help keep you in a positive mindset.  If you don’t get one job your applied for, so what?  You have other jobs to fall back on and there is no limit for applying to different jobs.

Be Open To Trying New Things

Being rejected for your dream job isn’t the end of the world.  It may feel like it in the moment, but there are so many other opportunities out there.  Keep your options open and be ready to step out of your comfort zone.  Being open to trying new things can be your ticket to getting to where you want to be in your career or job search.  


Being dead set on one specific job at one specific place can become very negative in the future.  If you get rejected for that specific job, you’ll feel hopeless and discouraged.  But, if you are open to other jobs and opportunities, you can keep a positive attitude and continue on the right track to your future.

Stay Positive

Keep your head up and stay motivated.  Becoming discouraged and upset will only bring you down, taking your motivation with it.  You have to keep a positive attitude and stick with it no matter what happens.  Employers will see determination in positivity and know that you have the strength to overcome rejection.  

Avoid becoming too stressed about your future and being hard on yourself.  Remind yourself that you aren’t alone in the job search.  People get rejected for jobs every single day and they continue to try and try again.  Being able to overcome job rejections is a skill that you need to get to your dream role.


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Focus On Your Accomplishments

It’s never a bad thing to pat yourself on the back for what you’ve accomplished in your life, big and small.  After job rejections, try not to focus in on just the negatives.  Of course, it’s okay to grieve the loss of a potential job opportunity, but don’t let it drag you under.  It’s okay to feel sad about losing something you really wanted.


Use the rejection as a way to thicken your skin.  Become stronger from the experience and use that with future opportunities.  Let it form you into a better version of yourself, focusing on the positives and the great things you’ve already accomplished.

Get Your Mind Off It

Do something you really love.  Whether that be hanging out with friends, going to the beach, or even just watching your favorite movie.  Take your mind off it and focus on something that makes you happy.  You don’t have to bury the rejection away for ever, just long enough to be able to overcome it.


Don’t let the job rejection discourage you and make you unhappy.  Know your worth and keep a positive attitude while focusing your energy on something you love doing.  Letting your disappointment drag you under and claim your attention won’t help you get back out there.  

Will you be using any of these tips to overcome job rejections? Let us know down in the comments below!

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