Handling rejection is easier when you treat it as a learning experience.

When pursuing career opportunities, inevitably you will have to face rejection from a company or make the decision to reject them. It is important that you not take rejection personally. Remember, every rejection is an opportunity to learn something constructive to continue your search for your next career.

When a Company Rejects You

Many times, rejection for career opportunities are automatic rejections because the resume did not make it through the applicant tracking system (ATS). Some reasons your resume might not be making it through are because 1) you do not have the requisite experience or degree, 2) you do meet their criteria but are not presenting it in a way the system recognizes, 3) you are not tailoring your resume to the requirements of the job.  When given personal rejections from someone within the company, there are actions you can take.  If a reason is not offered, you can ask what areas you need to expand your experience or education to be a better fit in that career. You can ask if you can connect with them on LinkedIn for future opportunities. You can inquire about other opportunities within the company that might be a better fit.

Every rejection is an opportunity to learn something constructive to continue your search for next career.

When You Have to Reject an Opportunity


There will be times when you will have to reject a career opportunity or promotion from a company.  It is best to not give the appearance of rejecting them or the company. You can explain this is not the right opportunity for you at this time.  It is a good idea to ask them to learn about other positions in their company that might be a better fit. You can ask to connect with them on LinkedIn for possible future opportunities. The connections that you make during job interviews are still valuable and could be beneficial in the future.

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