What can be more painful than experiencing an emotional response to rejection?
Anxiety. Depression. Sadness. Frustration.
In my experience as a career coach, dejection in the search culminates after too many experiences with rejection. Rejection for a job seeker isn’t getting the offer.
Rejection is not getting any form of response. Common examples include:
- The job seeker receives no response from countless employers by email or phone after the person applies online.
- The job seeker enters the dark hole of an applicant tracking system (ATS) by failing to understand the importance of key words or customizing their resume to the job description. Their resume fails to show their immediate value by accomplishments and results.
- Not landing an interview is considered rejection and in most instances, no dialogue or communication occurs with the potential employer.
Today, rejection is an emotional response to not being heard, validated or receiving a response. Often times, this leads to dejection, frustration and the loss of confidence.
Yet, how many job seekers comprehend the importance of the grit and determination it takes to land an interview? The ATS won’t hear you. But, people can.
As a career coach I witness the efficacy and power of simple conversations in the job search process. Dejection paralyzes the search while conversations propel and give energy to possibilities and opportunities. It starts with a phone call, a cup of coffee or lunch with a colleague or friend.
I firmly believe conversations and follow-up are keys to momentum and success.
What advice do you have for a job-seeker experiencing dejection?
All thoughts welcomed and appreciated.