Everybody knows that the very first step of effective job search is resume writing. Unless you have a professionally written resume it is very unlikely you will be considered by a reputable company. However, very often even if you a have a decent resume it doesn't necessarily mean you will be invited for an interview. And even if you are invited and it seemed like you successfully passed the interview you can still receive a rejection. It is one thing if you are not taken because you didn't care really; it is totally different if you did everything you could to get the job. However, rejections are a part of our lives and one has to be prepared to overcome such career challenges.

How to Handle Rejections

ResumeDespite the fact that after receiving a rejection you will be disappointed it is not a good time to give up. Not all is lost no matter how difficult it seems at that point. The very first thing to do is to calm and down, ensuring you don't make any important decisions based on your feeling of rejection and hopelessness.

The aggressive reaction will not help at all, it can only make matters worse. In the long run, such an emotional reaction can be detrimental to your ultimate career objectives. So take it easy, accept the reality and don't be quick to take immediate actions after you have received a rejection. In other words, don't tear down (or permanently delete) your resume, you will soon need it. For people who know their career goals and are trying to achieve them by doing all they can rejections and failures never become a final point. Instead, those are just obstacles to become better; the first step to success. But rejections don't automatically turn into success. Therefore, job seekers have to honestly learn why they were not given the position. An honest and objective evaluation of oneself will help you see what areas of your resume are to be improved and what missteps you did in the application process. Learning from the process then is the key to increasing chances of being hired. Moreover, it is important that you thank a hiring manager for the opportunities given even though you are not hired. By doing so you will keep the door open if, for example, another position comes up.

Consider sending a thank you letter in which you can express gratitude for the interview and reiterate your interest in the position despite the fact that the other person is taken. Sending such letter will make you number one candidate if they have a similar job opening or if it won't work out with the candidate they decided to hire.