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Rejection Recovery: Here's The Secret
If you've gotten to this stage of the game without ever facing rejection - from a college, internship program, fraternity, or even a long sought-after date - let's just say you're one of the lucky ones. Here are a few tried-and-true strategies for picking yourself up and nursing that ego back to health after the dreaded rejection letter.
By laughing at the things that hurt - and knowing that others feel the same disappointment, panic, or embarrassment - you may discover a way to work through your feelings of rejection.
Regardless of how many times you've shaken off (or wept away) a "thanks, but no thanks," healing a bruised ego never comes easily. Here are a few tried-and-true strategies for picking yourself up and nursing that ego back to health.
Rejection letter voodoo
Try, try again
Learn something from each interview
You can say, "Oh, thanks for calling," and hang up, but all that will get you is a resounding sense of disappointment. While it's difficult to muster the composure to ask what additional qualifications set apart the other applicant who got the job, you might as well take something positive away from this experience. You already don't have the job; what do you have to lose?
We're not suggesting you burn any bridges-you never know when another position within the company will open up-only that you politely ask if your interviewer would offer you any advice for the future. Ask if there is anything that would have improved your interview performance or any other job skills you could strengthen. If you don't feel comfortable confronting your interviewer on the phone, consider a follow-up letter or email.
And when all else fails
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