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How to Avoid Job Hunting Heartbreak

On14/ 02 /19

So you just landed yourself an interview at the perfect company for your dream role. Everything went so smooth – you thought – until you received a call from the HR department who broke the news to you that have been unsuccessful at this stage. ‘It’s not you – it’s us. We just found someone more experienced’ – they say. Sound familiar?

Dealing with rejection in your job search can be very difficult to cope with, especially if you have been job-hunting for a while now. The keys to success are not to lower your expectations and stay positive, even if you end up facing a number of rejections. In this article, we’ll tell you how to deal with the pain of rejection and bounce back from these setbacks, better than ever!

Prepare yourself

While this might sound like an obvious one, many candidates tend to forget that comprehensive background research and proper preparation is the key to success. 

When preparing for an interview, make sure that you conduct solid research that looks at basics, such as the company’s website, as well as more detailed sources like social media and mentions within industry media. Doing a search for the company on sites like Glassdoor will help you to understand the common complaints and praise that the company gets from staff. This will help you to prepare questions on topics that will already be in the mind of the interviewer and shows a willingness to research something ahead of time.

Knowing the organisation you want to work for inside out demonstrates your enthusiasm for the career field and provides you with the foundation for any thoughtful questions you might want to ask.

Learn more about 5 job hunting pitfalls you should avoid!

Leave room for plan B

Although the job you are being interviewed for might look like the one and the only, you should be always prepared for things not going in the exact direction you would like them to. This is especially true for the candidates who are ready to ditch their current role as soon as a new opportunity comes up, and our advice is – don’t.

If you just finished one stage of your job interview and you have a feeling that everything went well, hold fire on spreading the news of a new role coming your way. Handing in your notice without having another job lined up is not very wise, especially if your personal and financial situation isn’t particularly stable.

Moreover, many working candidates find landing a new job easier compared to their unemployed counterparts, which is a valid reason to stay in your current job till the new one is officially confirmed. 

Make sure the job is right for you, and you are right for the job

Did you know that individual job ads contain an average of 21.8 skills, while resumes list an average of only 13 skills?  If you’ve been facing rejections for a while now, look critically at your job application and assess whether your experience to date isn’t a mismatch for the skill requirements listed in the job posting. If you are applying for a senior management position with only 6-months experience in an entry role, you might want to take a reality check and assess if you are really the right candidate for the position.

Stand out from the crowd

When applying for your next role, ensure that your resume stands out from the others.

One way of achieving an impressive CV is to embrace skills that appear frequently in job ads, but not so often in the actual resumes. This includes less quantifiable traits like having a positive attitude, being a team player and the ability to multitask.

However, this is a bit of a balancing act, as stuffing your CV with clichés will make it sound like you don’t have any actual practical skills and is sure to send your resume to the trash.

You could also look into different ways of presenting your CV. If you’re applying for a website developer role, for example, why not build a CV website (like this one). These will not only make you stick in the mind of the employer, but they’re also a great way to demonstrate your ability in the field you’re applying for.

Obviously, this won’t be possible with all job roles, but employers receive so many A4, white paper CVs that doing something a little out of the ordinary just might make the difference

Learn from your mistakes

After an unsuccessful interview, remember to take lessons from the mistakes you made. Instead of blaming yourself for your lack of progress, send a ‘thank you’ note to the interviewer and politely ask for their feedback. By doing so, you will not only leave a good impression of being professional, but you’ll also have the chance to get some invaluable feedback on what skills or personality traits you are missing. 

Trust a recruiter

Finally, if you’re having no luck in securing yourself a new job independently, why not look for a local recruiter instead? Here at Bucks & Berks, we’re always on the lookout for top candidates within the Thames Valley area, and we’re always happy to provide expert advice and tips prior to interviews. 

Are you looking for a job that would fit your career expectations? Contact our recruiter today to speak about your next role!

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