5 for Friday: Overcoming Rejection in Your Job Search Edition

5 for Friday: Overcoming Rejection in Job Search EditionSearching for job can be emotionally taxing enough without adding the often unavoidable series of rejections that come with it. But if you want to succeed and find that new job you’re looking for, you’ll have to overcome rejection in your job search and fight the fear of further failure so you can stay confident and keep the search alive.

This week’s 5 for Friday brings you articles with advice and information about staying confident and overcoming rejection in your job search.

  • 3 Things Rejection Taught Me. Business Insider: “Rejection happens to everyone. Although it seemed to me that I was the only one not getting a job, the truth was tons of others were in my exact position. The only difference was that they weren’t vocal about it or they hid it so others wouldn’t know. Meanwhile, I shared my job hunting struggles with everyone in hopes of gaining advice, leads, networking opportunities or even a little sympathy. Rejection happens to the class valedictorian, the top-notch CEO and even celebrities.”
  • Raising Your Self-Esteem to Have A Better Career. Forbes: “Most of your frustrations and struggles during your job search have to deal with insecurity. How you feel about yourself will either spawn motivation and energy or will severely hurt your chances for a great career. When you increase your confidence level, you are able to interview more effectively, negotiate higher salaries and, subsequently you will receive a wider number of offers. Conversely, when you fail to do so, you are going to be paid less, given fewer responsibilities and will end up accepting a position that you are overqualified for.”
  • Optimistic vs Pessimistic Job Seeker: How to Be More Positive. Undercover Recruiter: “Learn to be self-reliant. Emotional dependency comes out of our need to be right and our need to get approval. Often, interviewers look to interviewees and recruiters to validate their worth which is a very poor habit. Instead, it’s important for the job seeker to begin to learn that only they are in charge of their feelings and actions.  It’s imperative that anybody on the job market begins to trust their intuition and stops fearing fault or being incorrect.”
  • How to Fake Confidence in 5 Easy Steps. PayScale: “Sit up straight. Good posture affects how others think of us, but more importantly, it improves how we think of ourselves, according to research from Ohio State University. ‘Most of us were taught that sitting up straight gives a good impression to other people,’ says Richard Petty, professor of psychology and co-author of the study. ‘But it turns out that our posture can also affect how we think about ourselves. If you sit up straight, you end up convincing yourself by the posture you’re in.’”
  • 5 Resume Tips from a (Formerly) Unsuccessful Job Seeker. Youtern: “I like to have a summary at the beginning of my resume; a summary that shows passion for your industry. We simply must give the recruiter a reason to keep reading! Make your summary something unique. It is also important to highlight the skills you possess that the employer values most, as shown in the job description. I started the summary off with some passion. Next, I mentioned specific skills that I have that relate to the job. The last piece of the summary lists some ‘intangibles’ that I possess that may set me apart from other people with similar skills. This summary gets interviews… you need a summary that gets interviews!”
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