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How to Overcome Rejection During Your Job Search

While diligently looking for a new job, have you inadvertently caught the disease of “rejectionitis?”  It just doesn’t seem like anyone is hiring anymore.  If they are, they don’t want you.

Overcoming Rejection During Your Job SearchYou can probably recite all the rejection email language you have received almost by heart:

  • “As you might imagine, we received hundreds of applications for the position.”
  • “At this time, we are considering candidates with more specific skills and qualifications.”
  • “We closely reviewed your background, and even though your experience is impressive we selected another candidate.”
  • “Although you were not selected for the position, you should not interpret this decision to reflect negatively upon your qualifications.”
  •  “We will continue to keep you in mind and will get in touch if a position presents a possible fit with your skills, background and interests.”
  • “Thank you again for your interest in XYZ Company.”
  • “Keep checking on our website for positions that match your skills and experience.”

And, perhaps the most frequent response of all to a job application is no response at all.

So how do you overcome feelings of rejection?

  1. Know that the hiring manager is not rejecting you as a person; rather he or she doesn’t see the “perfect” fit between the job specifications and what you submitted.
  2. The average review time of individual applications and resumes is under 30 seconds.  So, if you want to feel rejected, allow yourself the same amount of time.  Then move forward.
  3. Perhaps you weren’t a good fit for the job.  In that case, channel any emotions associated with the rejection letter into making sure that in the future you only focus on submitting applications for those jobs that seem like the very closest match with your qualifications.  Don’t waste your time on jobs that obviously don’t fit (unless for some strange reason you like receiving those generic rejection emails).
  4.  Turn to the One true source of understanding – God.  Share your feelings of rejection with Him and ask for a double blessing of assurance and self worth.  He created you.  He cares about you and your future.  Lean on Him.

Finally, don’t give up seeking out more opportunities just because of past rejections.  God may be prompting you to pursue one more opportunity.   Follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Do you remember Jesus’ request to Simon and his fellow fishermen after they toiled all night and had given up on catching any fish that day?  “When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.’  But Simon answered and said to Him, ‘Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.’ ”  (Luke 5:4-5 NKJV)

You may know the rest of the story.  Simon and his fishing partners immediately caught so many fish that their nets almost burst and they ended up completely filling up two boats with their catch.

With God’s leading, cast out your job search net once again and don’t let feelings of rejection stand in your way.


By Keith Lundquist

For more blogs and related resources on building your faith during a job search, go to www.FaithBetweenJobs.com


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  • Chris January 4, 2014, 10:58 am

    Another promise to Peter that I claim is :
    Luke 22:32  But I have prayed for you that (you will not lose your faith) your faith will not fail! {Expanded Bible}
    Jesus specifically said he is praying for me:
    John 17:20 ‘My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, ”
    Jesus knows and cares about me personally.

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