How many job rejections is normal?

Turned down for a job? You are now one rejection closer to success

You have made the decision to look for a new employment. You've submitted resumes. I have conducted interviews. But sometimes you simply don't land the job. The word "no" coming from prospective employers may have an effect on your emotional state, your psychology, and even your physical health. But try not to let the rejection and the disappointments get you down; you are stronger than that.

I had a conversation not too long ago with a student who is now in the middle of their job hunt. He was becoming discouraged as a result of the large number of "no" responses that he was receiving, but I encouraged him to reframe each "no" as a step toward the "yes" that he was seeking.

Don't let people's negative responses get to you. If you don't receive a "yes," rephrase the situation in your head so that you can see the good side of it. Think about the possibility that the employer made the decision not to hire anybody for the job and so did not get back to you. It's also possible that you just wouldn't have been a good fit for that particular job. It is possible that you were not chosen for the position due to any number of factors; yet, you should make an effort to maintain a good mental outlook.

Get used to hearing the word "No." No matter how many times they are told "no," children will not stop requesting the things they want. Adults who are looking for work should learn something from the youngsters. According to studies conducted by career counselor and author Orville Pierson, the typical job candidate must endure rejection from a total of 24 decision-makers before receiving a single "yes." In order to maintain your resilience during the process of looking for a job, you need to become used to being rejected.

Think about the interviews you've had. The literature on training and development shows that reflection may assist drive deeper learning and insight by looking at events through a new lens. This can be accomplished by reflecting on past experiences. Do not just take the news of a rejection as an indication that you should send out more applications. You should take a close look at the reasons why you aren't receiving the outcomes you desire, and then you should break the process down into its individual parts in order to acquire a better understanding of where you went wrong. Ask yourself: what kinds of signals am I communicating both vocally and nonverbally? Am I able to formulate at least three to five insightful questions that demonstrate that I have intellectual curiosity and that I will offer value to the organization? Do I come off as being very arrogant and smooth, maybe as being overly eager or desperate? If you are able to identify the weaknesses in your strategy, you will be able to improve it. Be careful not to oversell yourself, and make sure you don't cross the line into arrogance. Confidence and arrogance are two very different things. Always be ready with thoughtful questions to ask the interviewer, and prepare thoughtful answers that tie your experiences to the organization's goal and values.


Ask for comments. Ask the people who interviewed you to give you input on why you weren't called back if you don't receive a callback. When applied to your subsequent interview, the replies may prove to be really helpful.

Practice more. During the real interview, you don't want to come out as overly planned or rehearsed, but at the same time, you don't want to fumble over your words either. Find a friend, member of your family, or a coworker to help you perfect your performance in an interview setting. Are you tales memorable? Do they articulate your value offer to a potential employer in a way that is crystal obvious, passionate, and confident? Are you able to provide replies that are clear and well-organized?

Make some changes to your strategy. If you are sending out your CV but not receiving any calls in response, you should evaluate whether or not your expertise and talents are a good match for the roles for which you are applying. Invest some time in matching your skill set with the requirements of certain jobs, and be sure to adapt both your resume and your cover letters accordingly. You are required to complete your assigned assignment. This is of much greater significance for those who are moving between jobs or who are returning to the workforce after an extended absence. Be strategic. Make sure you include time in your schedule for building new contacts, doing informative interviews, and networking.


Relax and take a break. It may be beneficial to take a break from the procedure in order to relax if you are receiving an excessive number of rejections. When looking for work, you need to have your mind on straight. However, try not to take too much time off; a break of a few days should be sufficient. If you take a week off from looking for work, you run the risk of allowing the "no" responses overwhelm you to an unhealthy degree.

Always bear in mind that "winners are merely individuals who keep trying," as the saying goes. The way in which you respond when confronted with challenges will determine the kind of person you become. You can keep your job search efforts on track by not taking rejection personally, always maintaining a positive attitude, and training your mind to be resilient. After a period of six months without any progress in your job hunt, you may consider seeking some assistance. Attend some classes on professional development or on the art of negotiating. You may want to look into hiring the services of an experienced career coach. There is no shame in asking for assistance when you are in need of it; in fact, it is simply another show of resilience and will bring you one step closer to the "yes" that corresponds to the ideal job that you want.

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