Rejection in any form is a heartbreaking situation, and with your job, it is especially difficult to bear; but as life doesn’t stop with a person leaving, so is the same with a job. You have to know to move on and how? With utmost grace and professionalism! Here’s how you can handle your job rejection with complete professionalism and sometimes this strategy could give you a second chance as you will be treated as a matured guy/girl.
You might be saying, getting over a job rejection is easier said than done; but let me assure you that the faster you learn how to do it easily, the more advantages you will enjoy. Being able to face bravely any situation, is a step towards personal growth and a healthier future, particularly when we are talking about your career. There is no place for ‘cry-babies’ here!
First of all, accept. There is nothing as powerful and healing as is the fact of acceptance; irrespective of the reasons and the bitter experience of the rejection, accept that it has happened and then think. You will be able to rationally and logically come up with the consequent actions to be taken. Take your time and lament over the loss, but make sure you do it just once. The moment you move forward, never look back and think about the job rejection any more. It is a means of lowering your morale; hence, it is best avoided.
Second, gear up for it is time that you respond to that mail you have received that might have made your heart and aspirations sore. Of course, it is possible that you can behave as if nothing really happened and move on, or you could send a reply to them and show them how you handle rejection with supreme professionalism. It actually puts you in a good light.
Your key tool here, however, would be politeness. You cannot think of writing a response without being polite. When the recruiters receive a response from a rejected candidate, it immediately minimises the chances of burning the bridges. No one can guess what there is in the future, keeping the grounds open for later probabilities, is a wise thing to do. Yes, you heard it right, there have been cases of people receiving offer letters later on after having been rejected in the past.
The best way to accept the negative experiences in life is to look at them with the glasses of optimism; this reveals how mature and professional you are. Make this a learning experience, by asking for feedback, which you plan to use as a pointer so that you can improve yourself for your career life ahead. Holding on to pessimistic emotions only holds you back from progressing, so shake yourself up and prepare to fight back (not literally!)
The bottom line is there is nothing impossible if you want to it badly, understand the situation and exercise your wisdom. Hanging onto something that is not going to yield any positive progress is only a waste of time; instead set your mind on planning the actions that need to be taken further, take that job rejection and transform your business failure into your strength.