CEO OF YOUR CAREER with Ipupa Fadeyi – How to deal with rejection throughout your professional career

So, you went to the job interview and received a rejection letter.

Maybe you’ve been diligently applying for positions but haven’t received any interview invitations.

It is, to say the least, discouraging.

With rising youth unemployment rates, maneuvering in the job market may seem like an uphill battle, but here’s the thing: Rejection is simply a detour, not a dead end.

First, let’s address the pain of rejection.

It’s natural to feel disappointed, frustrated, or even defeated. However, it is essential to remember that rejection does not define your value or capabilities. Instead of dwelling on what went wrong, use it as an opportunity for growth and self-reflection.

If possible, ask for feedback from the interviewer and input from a career coach, who may have prepared you for the interview. This can help you recover with confidence, combat
impostor syndrome and overcoming the challenges that often accompany rejection.

Identify areas of improvement and work to hone your skills as well as improve your qualifications. Remember, every setback is an opportunity to learn and grow, making you a stronger, more resilient professional.

For those who haven’t even gotten interview opportunities, it’s easy to feel discouraged. But remember, success usually comes after numerous rejections. Continue perfecting your Curriculum Vitae, personalizing your cover letters and expanding your professional network. Consider seeking guidance from professional advisors or mentors who can provide you with valuable insights and support.

Be persistent and proactive in your job search, exploring new avenues and opportunities that align with your skills and interests. Your breakthrough could be just around the corner, waiting for you to take advantage.

Given the high youth unemployment, it is essential to explore alternative avenues of employment.

Remote jobs offer flexibility and accessibility, allowing people to work from anywhere in the world. Consider the digital nomad lifestyle or pursue remote opportunities in industries such as technology, marketing, customer service, and freelance writing. There are many legitimate websites that offer numerous remote job openings in various fields, providing new career possibilities.

By seeking remote work, you can expand your opportunities and connect with a global talent pool, opening doors to exciting possibilities you may not have considered before.

Also, consider looking beyond the boundaries of traditional office work. The gig economy presents numerous opportunities for flexible project-based work. In addition to exploring alternative career options, young professionals could focus on developing a diverse set of skills and staying adaptable in an ever-changing job market.

Invest in continuous learning and professional development through online courses, workshops and certifications. Develop transferable skills, such as communication, problem solving and digital literacy, which are highly valued across industries. By staying agile and versatile, you can position yourself as a valuable asset in any professional environment, ready to take on new challenges and seize new opportunities as they arise. Networking remains a powerful tool for career advancement, even in the age of social media.

Take advantage of online networking platforms like LinkedIn to connect with industry professionals, join virtual networking events, and participate in online communities relevant to your field.

Building and fostering relationships with peers, mentors, and potential employers can open doors to new opportunities and professional growth.

*Ipupa Fadeyi is
a professional skills and employability mentor. She guides people to develop t
The skills and attributes necessary to thrive in a competitive job market.