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It’s a regular Friday afternoon and you can’t wait for the weekend. You and your colleague make small talk about weekend plans as you work, when your boss calls you to his office. You go in hoping he doesn’t take too much of your time, as you still need to finish a few tasks before you go home.


“We need to let you go…”


You don’t hear the rest of what he says. You’re too busy trying to hide the range of emotions roiling inside of you.


You are not alone.


Accept it


Different people react differently to the same situation. Maybe you are the “optimist” who would choose to think that this is the best thing to happen to you (Now you can go on that vacation…).


Maybe you’re the kind of person who would need to grieve under these circumstances. Maybe you’d fume in anger. Whichever kind of person you are and whatever reaction you may have, you must accept the situation and deal with it. There’s nothing to be gained by living in denial or blaming anybody, including yourself.


Take Charge


Sometimes terrible things happen for no obvious reason and you may not have control over them, but don’t let that make you forget that you are in charge of your life. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.


Join that yoga class you have never had the time for before but always wanted to try.  Learn a new skill to help you in your job search. Make use of this time to re-invent yourself. Trivial things like a new hairstyle can do wonders for your self-esteem.


Your Job is to find a job


The next thing to do is to set up a nice routine for yourself that involves exercise, eating healthy, socializing with your friends and family and prioritizing your job hunt. Most people seem to shy away from socializing when something like this happens, but the truth is your social network can help you bounce back quicker and give you much-needed moral support. Come up with a concrete action plan and a timetable so you remain focused on your job hunt, and treat your job search as your full-time job.


Network


Tap in to your existing professional network. Email your old colleagues and look up contacts on LinkedIn. See if you can leverage your connections to find an opportunity. You can also build your network by volunteering at organizations in your industry, which also makes for valid work experience.


Persevere


Despite doing all the above, you’ll still have the occasional bad day when everything seems hopeless. When you feel like the world is against you and “Why me?” won’t stop echoing in your head. What do you do then? Have a good cry if necessary, then think about what Frank Sinatra said: “The best revenge is massive success.”


Sleep on it. Then begin again.


Latha Ram | Contributing Writer

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Have you experienced job rejection at some point in your life?  If so, don’t be discouraged.  You’re not alone.  Almost all of us have gone through the process.  It is commonly encountered, yet it can be avoided.  Though causing much disappointment, the reasons behind job rejection are oftentimes beyond your control.  Among these could be: the cancellation of the advertised position due to recession or cost-cutting; the hiring of a more qualified person; or, the hiring of somebody based on “who-he-knows” contrary to the “what-he-knows” process.


On the flip-side, there are also many factors that are within your control.  Below are common ones to take note of, with corresponding tips on how to prevent rejection:


Resumes and Cover Letters


Lengthy, irrelevant resumes – Limit your resume to 2 pages as recruiters only spend 6 seconds when screening.  Ensure that it contains all the essential elements like the keywords indicated in the job posting plus any of your specific achievements that relate to the position being applied for.  It should be error-free, no discrepancies like employment gaps, and with simple but effective format.


Irrelevant cover letters – Customize the cover letter for every job position that you apply for.  Ensure to attach your resume when you send it via email.


Incomplete applications – Read the job ad properly and make sure that you comply with what the employer requires, i.e., video resumes, work samples.


Interviews


Being late – Always come early for an interview.  Arriving late will give the employer an impression of your carelessness and unreliability.  Inform the employer ahead if you cannot be punctual on the day of the interview.


Being unprepared – Conduct a research about the company and the position being applied for before the interview.  Nonetheless, do not forget to mention what you can bring to the table as the company wants to know how they will benefit from you.


Lack of technical knowledge or giving short and non-substantive answers – Respond in more detail to technical questions.  Showcase your core competencies by elaborating your answers.  Do it in a clear, concise, and engaging manner and give specific examples of competencies by using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, and Result) technique.


Inability to relate – You should relate your skills to the position being interviewed for or in addressing the company needs.


Lack of enthusiasm – Be energetic; show your interest and excitement about the job and the company.


Asking the wrong questions – Never ask about vacation and other related questions as this will reflect what’s on your mind.


Dressing improperly – Dress professionally and neatly as this reflects the type of personality that you have.  Cover body prints or remove piercings, if any.


If you are not successful in securing a position, don’t despair.  Never make the mistake of perceiving rejection as a sign of failure; rather, view it as a test to your patience and resilience.  Rationalize it by thinking that the firm which rejected you is the wrong company and that you deserve a better one; yet, be cognizant of the stiff competition given the large population of job searchers composed of the unemployed like you, the yearly addition of fresh graduates, and those from recent company layoffs.


Make it a habit to analyze your job application process, what worked and what did not.  Learn from each experience.  Identify your mistakes, make improvements, and move on.  There are plenty of opportunities out there.  Widen your network.  Connect and make yourself visible.  Build your core strengths, be more competitive, focus on other opportunities, and continue to present yourself to the best you can.  Don’t give up!  Sooner than you expect, a better opportunity will come along.


M. L. Galvez-Ver | Contributing Writer

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