Dealing with job rejection can be difficult when transitioning from your military career to a civilian, it is not an easy process. There is a lot of competition out there, and regardless of your preparation, you will face rejection. Job searching involves spending lots of time and energy into finding the right job. I have been there through the daily ups and downs of a job search and rejection. I know how you feel and I want to pass on some tips that can help you get through this tough time . I am not here to tell you that it's easy, however learning to deal with job rejection can help you to survive and remain in a healthy space during this transition.
Don't put all of your eggs in one basket: You may have your mind set on a specific company and or job thinking it is what you have been looking for. Keep an open mind and pursue several job opportunities, this may not be ideal, but it will allow you to move forward quickly if the other opportunities don’t work out. Options are what you need because they allow you to have a broader network, and this can help decrease your job search time.
It's Not Personal: Coming to terms with not landing that perfect role quickly will help you to gain a clear perspective as you move forward. Don’t take it personally; there is a job out there that more closely matches your skills. Your new job is on the way.
Regroup and revise your resume: If a couple of weeks go by and you are not receiving
any responses, then it’s time to take a look at your resume and approach. If you are receiving more no's than yes, it's time to do revisions.
Ask yourself these 4 questions:
1. Are you sending out enough resumes?
2. Where are you applying?
3. Does this company have roles that fit your skillset?
4. Are you selling yourself and military accomplishments?
Based on your answers you may need to do the following:
1. Increase the number of resumes you are sending out weekly.
2. Stop- You may be applying in the wrong places. Find companies that are hiring veterans with your skillset.
3. Look at other roles within that company that you qualify for.
4. Include your relevant military accomplishments on your resume.
Expand your network: I cannot stress enough how important a network is during your
career transition. Having a strong network can help you land that ideal role in a shorter
period of time. Make connections and join groups on social media (Linkedln, Facebook),
these groups are full of employers and others that want to see you succeed. Connect and let your network know you are looking for a job, they can be your eyes, ears, and support system.
As a veteran you come highly skilled with strong leadership, and employers want to hire you; it is a matter of finding that right fit. Setbacks are opportuniites for improvement, try not to take it personally.
At R360 we are here to help you with your career. Visit us at www.resourceology360. com we will work with you to find your next role!