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You didn’t get the Job: Now What?

By | David Mackenzie | Managing Director and Head of HR at Mackenzie Jones

Finding a job these days can be more difficult for many people. Not everybody is automatically sought out by big companies; along with this, the competition for certain job positions is much fiercer than others. Plus, there’s a myriad of other variables that create an imbalance between the demand for jobs and the actual supply of jobs.

Therefore, if you did not get the job you were vying for, it is not always because you weren’t a good match for it, or you didn’t deserve it. A big part of the reason is composed of factors that you simply have no control over.

Such dynamics do not change the fact that failing to get the job you want can be disheartening. The disappointment can actually feel so great that you begin to lose hope that there are other career opportunities in store for you. You ask yourself, “Now what?” after the rejection and have difficulty determining how to proceed from that point.

After a rejection, the best thing to do is to avoid the emotional rut and take the practical route. Continue the search and, as you do so, work on becoming a better you. The last thing you want after not getting a job is to let that moment define you and prevent you from moving forward.

According to Professor Peter A. Diamond of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, when employment doesn’t happen right away and people stop searching, they lose their skills and the job finding process performs even more poorly after that. This is what you will prevent from happening when you do not let your emotions take control after being passed up for a job.

The concept of moving on after not getting a job is easy enough to grasp, but there is no denying that execution often proves to be quite challenging. If your mind has gone blank after the setback, one of the top recruitment agencies in Dubai share the following tips to help you get back on track.

5 Ways to Bounce Back After Failing to Get a Job

  1.     Evaluate yourself kindly.

Rejection is not always a negative thing – in fact, it is a good opportunity for a reality check. Think deeply and clearly about the possible reasons why you did not get the job. Be realistic but don’t be harsh on yourself and focus more on the positive. Ask yourself what lessons were present and valuable in the entire experience; doing this will help you re-launch the job search process with a better perspective.

  1.    Find your joy in other things.

A lot of people count on their job to define their value. If you tend to do the same, stop. A career is just one aspect of your personal worth; there are other things in life that mould who you are. Pay attention to these things and find joy in doing them. Not only will this clear your head, but it may also present you with a new outlook that can help you move forward.

  1.     Seek opportunities for self-improvement that will have great value in the job you desire to have.

Improving your communication skills will boost employability. Learn how you can be more articulate, or try learning a new language. Knowing different languages has also been known to increase your employment opportunities; instead of focusing on local job openings, you can direct your sights abroad.

Taking leadership training is another self-improvement initiative to consider because this will grow your self-confidence as well as help you become eligible for higher job positions.

  1.     Enhance your physical appearance.

The best recruitment agencies in Dubai recommend learning how to look better to secure your professional advancement. Making this effort can give you a whole new outlook on life. It may help others to see you in a different light as well and make you more professionally desirable.

A seminal study carried out by NYU sociologist Dalton Conley and NYU graduate student Rebecca Glauber found that women’s weight gain results in a decrease in both their income level and job prestige.  In another study, designed and executed by researchers at Harvard University, Boston University, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the result revealed that women wearing more makeup were judged to be more competent than those wearing less makeup or no makeup.

  1.     Create your own job opportunities.

You do not always need to find a company to succeed professionally. Many enterprises that thrive these days were actually created by people who were initially rejected by the corporations they wanted to work at and realized that being employed was not their only option. With their university education and on-the-job training (a requirement in college), plus capital, they learned that they can actually create a business and be their own boss.

Consider this option especially if you feel like there are not enough employment opportunities for people with your educational background and training.

Clearly, it is not the end of the world if you fail to get the job that you wanted. Stay positive, do not lose heart, improve yourself, and be prepared because every new day will surely present an opportunity that can lead you to the career you want.

David Mackenzie

A recruitment professional with over twenty years’ experience in the field and a record of entrepreneurial accomplishment, David is Managing Director and Head of HR at Mackenzie Jones. In 2003, David set up Mackenzie Jones in the UK, growing the business across two offices in London and Birmingham. In 2005 David established Mackenzie Jones in Dubai to serve the Gulf region and neighbouring countries. As the Group MD, David is responsible for the overall direction of the Mackenzie Jones Group including Mackenzie Jones, MumsAtWork, MENA Solutions, Simply Digital and ThinkTech.


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