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Dear Sir or Madam,

We have received your application for the position of ___________________. After careful consideration, we regret to inform you that you have not been selected to interview for this position.

You Didn’t Get The Job, Inc

Ugh. You read this email and your heart sinks to the pit of your stomach. WHY!?! I don’t understand. I am perfectly qualified for this position! I wanted this position so bad! This is the 17th rejection email I received this month!

Unfortunately, it happens. We’ve all been there. You apply for a multitude of jobs or internships, only to receive that fateful email or phone call. Rejection is part of the application process, but there is hope. Light at the end of the tunnel, if you will. Here are some things to think about to stay positive in the face of rejection.

1. Switch Up Your Strategy
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. So if you are using the same search strategy, maybe it’s time to shake things up a bit. If you are sending your resume to endless databases, try searching individual companies/organizations and applying through their website. Also, I cannot stress enough how important NETWORKING is. Talk to previous professors, supervisors, friends, families, etc. to see who you can get connected with.
-Unsure about networking? Set up an appointment at UCS. We can help you learn how to effectively network and even set up a LinkedIn Account.

2. There’s Not Always “An App For That”
Technology is great, and there are so many new ways to search and apply for jobs. However, all that technology means nothing if you do not know how to use it properly. Think of it like trying to use Instagram to get directions to Navy Pier . . . It doesn’t work that well. Instead of using endless apps and websites with no luck, try meeting with someone in-person to gather some new ideas and insight. Make an appointment with UCS, talk with professors, family members, friends, etc. If you are finding your inbox full of rejection emails, it could be a wake-up call that you’re not using technology to its fullest potential.

3. Are You Missing the Red Flags?
There are some really common mistakes that a lot of people make when applying for jobs or internships. Are you effectively showing your value to an organization? Is your resume hard to read? Are you not answering interview questions as strongly as you could? If you find yourself faced with rejection, maybe you need a career check-up. Come to UCS and we can talk with you about what your experiences have been so far. We can help you assess what may be going wrong and how you can fix it. We have resume and cover letter reviews, mock interviews and more!

4. Take a Time Out
Applying for positions and getting rejected can take a huge emotional toll. Especially on top of all your classwork, extracurricular activities, personal life, etc. Give yourself a break (if even for a day or an hour). Go out and do something fun. Go bowling. Watch your favorite TV show. Take a walk. Do something for yourself. This time to recharge will help you de-stress so you can come back to the search refreshed and positive.

Rejection is tough, but don’t let it get you down. There are resources available to you that can help. You are smart, capable and hard-working. So go out there, land that dream position, and be a success story!