If you don’t already have it, powering through the job search process will give you thick skin. Finding your ideal fit takes time, so you’re bound to get rejected at least a few times. Learning someone else has been selected instead of you always stings, but that doesn’t mean you wasted your time trying to land the job.
Often times, not getting hired is actually the best thing that could happen to you. Either way, every job rejection provides you with the chance to learn and grow. Transform the bad news into something positive by focusing on these three lessons.
Sharpen Your Sales Pitch
Much of landing a new job relies on your ability to sell yourself. Clearly, your sales pitch was a bit off this time, so take a look back at what went wrong. Perhaps you didn’t focus on your strengths relative to the company or maybe you spent too much time discussing ways the job would boost your career. Sometimes the truth hurts, but being honest with yourself now can help you avoid making the same mistake in the future.
Know Your Audience
No two interviewers are the same, so a one-size-fits-all approach won’t cut it. For example, if you showed up to an interview at a very traditional company wearing anything but a suit, this probably worked against you. Or if your interviewer was very loud and animated, but you behaved in a shy, timid manner, you were likely viewed as a poor cultural fit. You must tailor your approach to fit your audience. This means conducting extensive research on the company and interviewer beforehand and flawlessly taking nonverbal cues during the meeting.
Don’t Get Ahead of Yourself
The only thing worse than getting rejected for a job you really want, is when the news comes as a total shock. There’s a fine line between feeling confident about an interview and being completely convinced you’re the final choice. Remain optimistic, but hold off on the celebrations until you have an offer letter in-hand.
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LGC Hospitality began in 2003 in Indianapolis with no clients and no candidates. But with dedication, focus, commitment and hard work, we soon became a leader in the industry. We continue today to strive to be the premiere hospitality staffing company in the U.S. in both quality and volume. Our clients and candidates have us well on the road to getting there.