Didn't get the job you wanted: Take these steps

15 Feb 2024

Whether you’ve just left school or you’re looking for the next step in your career, you may have found yourself in a position where you’ve applied for a few roles but you haven’t quite the response you were hoping for. 

According to Zippia, it takes an average of 21 to 80 job applications to receive a single job offer. Additionally, a standard corporate job opening receives roughly 250 applications. The reality is that competition is tough, but this doesn’t mean you should give up.   

Here are tips that will help you bounce back from not getting the job you wanted. 

Tip 1: Don't take it personally

Rejection is a natural part of the job application process. Employers receive many job applications, making it hard for them to go through every single one and get in touch with every candidate. 

It is important to remember it isn’t personal. Whether you’ve received communication stating they won’t be proceeding with your application, or you’ve not heard from them at all, none of this is a reflection on who you are as a person, your worth or your ability.  

Instead, give yourself time to reflect and plan your next steps. You should also review your CV and covering letter to identify any improvements. This will help you have a fresh boost with future job applications and improve your chances.  

Tip 2: Ask for feedback

If you’ve had an interview and weren’t successful, it’s worth contacting the employer and asking for feedback. Getting feedback will give you valuable insights into how you performed, helping you learn where you need to improve for your next job application. 

Constructive feedback will also give you the opportunity to prepare for future interviews. Take on board their comments and use them to strengthen your skills in the areas they suggested.  
Planning ahead for your applications and interviews will give you the best chance of success and receiving a job offer. One great way of preparing for an interview is by having potential questions ready to ask your interviewer. Read our article on interview questions to discover what you could ask in your next interview. 

Tip 3: Reflect on your application

Reviewing your CV and cover letter is a great way to figure out where you can improve. This will also give you the opportunity to identify any skills gaps, so that you can develop them through further training and qualifications. 

You should ensure you’ve highlighted your achievements, covering educational, personal and professional achievements to showcase your range of skills and experience. 

You could also consider reaching out to a career advisor or mentors to receive feedback and advice on your current and previous applications. 

Tip 4: Consider gaining further training or experience

When applying for entry level jobs, employers could look for NVQs, GCSE’s or A-Level results as they highlight key skills, including transferable skills, that are beneficial when carrying out daily tasks within the job role.  

If you’re struggling to land an entry level job and don’t have qualifications, it might be worth seeking further training or experience to help you gain future roles. This could be done through work experience, volunteer work or completing further qualifications. This can help make you a more competitive candidate when it comes to applying for jobs. 

Tip 5: Stay positive and persistent

Keeping positive throughout your job application journey will help you move closer to your goals. Reach out to people you know or any connections you have to ask for advice and support, or see if they have or know of anyone with any open vacancies.  

It’s important to remember that in life there’s always going to be setbacks and job rejections are just a part of that. By taking these steps to stay persistent and positive you’re more likely to receive a job offer in the role you want. 


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