If you are a job-seeker and constantly getting rejected for jobs for any reason, stop worrying and start working immediately. I believe there is no point to take the job rejection personally. Even though you may be highly qualified, you might be lacking somewhere, which does not make you fit for the job role and responsibility.
Instead of learning to deal with rejection, you need to focus on your candidature. Many times, it happens that you are confident about getting an offer letter, but hears nothing from recruiters for long. In such scenarios, it is easy to blame yourself or your fate, for your rejection, but it's easier to improve your skills to make yourself fit in the competition. Well, I feel it's better not to use the word rejection. It is actually a mismatch of skills and expectations.
Here I will take you to the top reasons why you keep getting rejected for the job application:
1. Apply on the right platforms
There are several job hunting sites which allow you to search jobs according to your interests, qualifications and location and matches your criteria. There are a lot of fake jobs application websites, which demands money in return for a job and people who go in desperation while being on search, agree to pay to such fraud websites. You have to be aware and always check for the website reviews before you forward your application. Some best and genuine platforms are LinkedIn, CareerBuilder and Dice.
Apart from creating profiles and searching jobs, they also allow to craft your resume and permit direct communication with the recruiters. This, in turn, increases the chances of getting the job and reduces the job search time. The advantage of using these sites is, there is no restriction about geographic location. You can use keywords related to your field and industry you are interested in. Searching with the keywords will give you the entire information about the job profile, description and contact person of the employer.
2. Appreciate any help and feedback
You can take help of any friend who has cracked counter interviews, any coach or professional. If you are working as a one-man army, chances are high that you will make the same mistake again.
You can work in a better direction if you constantly seek feedback from the recruiter. Ask them, your areas of improvement, what skills you need to acquire and what are their expectations from you.
Getting feedback will be incredibly helpful for your job search. You will get the meaningful feedback after the second or third round of interview. Not every employer would be interested in giving feedback. After getting turned down for the job is the best time to ask for feedback. This will show that you were very much interested in the opportunity, the employer might keep your profile safe and consider it for the future purpose. Sometimes the feedback can dissatisfy and frustrate you, but will surely help you with your job search.
3. Check the qualifications before applying
Even after applying for 100+ jobs, no offer in hand and zero responses for your application, nothing is more disturbing than this. But don't lose hope. Keep applying, the only thing to take care this time is you need to apply in the right companies that fit with your skills and qualifications. Blindly applying anywhere will result in no response from recruiters.
The job requirements also include educational credentials, personal qualities and personal certifications. Employers are very specific about job postings to reduce the number of unnecessary applicants. They look for the candidates who closely match their job requirements. Before applying carefully review about the application and apply on the given email id or company's website.
Don't forget to add a cover letter along with your resume. Employers are very smart if you are lacking in some quality, they will find where you excel.
4. Don't treat interviews like exams
After facing rejections, you might feel low-esteemed and think you are not giving accurate answers to the questions. Don't take it like exams. Just you need to plan with few things before getting ready for the interview. Prepare a list of detailed answers to respond, so you have an explanation behind everything and you need not give brief answers like 'Yes' or 'No'.
We prepare for interviews like crazy, spend hours researching and give 3-4 interviews in a week. Sometimes they ask the tricky questions just to confuse you. The interview wants to check your communication skills and know the amount of homework you did. The introduction part should be strong to maintain the continuation of the interview. Your responses should be accurate and to the point. They also check your problem-solving abilities, leadership skills and analytical skills.
5. Improve your CV
Your CV plays an important role in your job search. Regularly update it. If you are not updating your CV every four months, you are not learning anything new. You can also seek the help of experts to write a decent CV. Before going for the interview, take time to have a glace at it, interviewers even you to take them to your CV.
Check spelling and grammatical mistakes. Ask someone else to review it. Your CV needs to be adjusted according to each job opportunity. Check it twice, if it is the same version for that organisation. Keep the font, text colour and density to the point to make it readable. Mentions about your educational qualifications, personal achievements and degrees or diplomas. An objective or personal statement will help you to demonstrate your creativity and passion.
6. Lack of confidence or over-confidence
Lack of confidence and overconfidence both are dangerous. If the interview is progressing well, don't get too familiar and avoid feeling tempted. On the other side, if you are unable to answer the question don't feel under confident. If you cannot answer, that's OK. It is just an interview, not your life decision. Ask questions, when you are invited to.
Don't show signs of over nervousness like shivering or overthinking. Before answering, listen to the interviewer carefully. Never act as you know more than the interviewer. A superficial understanding of the subject and unable to learn from the mistakes are signs of overconfidence that are not appealing to the employers. Confidence is attractive but over-confidence can eat your job. A true job hunter is very much aware of the difference between confidence and over-confidence.
7. Lacking in networking
Connect with recruiters and HRs or people already working in the company. Update your LinkedIn profile with open for new opportunities. Share your CV and ask them to update with any job opening in their organisation. Networking will surely help you.
It will allow you to get leads, referrals, information and support. You have to be precise about your employment prospects. Before contacting, self-assessment is significant. Keep the records about your referrals and follow them. Ask them if you can use their name for contacting to leads. Expand your horizon by contacting former employees, co-workers, supervisors and professional associations. Be open to opportunities, don't hustle in the process. Also, get approachable by other job seekers. When you find the job, don't forget to thank your contacts.
8. Lack of work experience
Employers look for a particular year of experience while hiring. The job profile and the required amount of experience are clearly mentioned in the job posting. Apply only when you are close to their requirements, otherwise, you may application may not be considered at all.
Experience is gained by getting exposed in the field. If you are not given a chance, then how you are going to prove yourself? You should learn the ways to cover your lack of experience in job interviews. Though you may be lacking in the experience, but you are a wonderful team player, quick learner and hard-working. Show your past achievements and awards and demonstrate how you will be valuable to the organisation. They are just tips to compensate for your lack of experience.
9. Lacking in skills
If you don't possess the qualifications and skills for job profile, think again before submitting your application. While job posting, they list certain skills they need for the position, lacking in one or two skills is considered, but having none of them your application may fall off significantly. They also look for certain education requirements like any degree or certification.
If you are lacking in job skills, learning the skill and getting command over it, is the best way to grab the job. Many organisations also facilitate learning. Not every candidate can fit in every all the job requirements. Though the technical skills you lack, you can work on your communication and leadership skills.
10. You may be over-qualified
Sometimes being over-qualified is also a barrier towards your accomplishment. Being over-qualified means you may be asking for too much money, which the company cannot afford. Here, you can convince them that you are very passionate about the position. Sometimes overqualification can prove to be a great asset to the organization.
Having higher education and good experience is a good thing to have. The employers feel that you may not be interested in less challenging work. They are confused about how you can settle for a lower position and you may leave once you find better opportunities.
Job Searching is a time taking and hectic process. You have to keep calm in your entire journey.
I wish you "Good Luck" in your Job Search process.