Coping With Knock Backs: What To Do When You Can’t Land A Job


Job hunting is tough. It’s a competitive market out there, and jobs can be hard to come by. Rejections are difficult to deal with. And it’s even harder when you have received several knock backs. What should you do when you can’t land a job?

  1. Ask For Feedback

The first thing to do when you receive a rejection letter or phone call is to ask for feedback. Thank the company for their time. Explain that you are disappointed because you wanted to work with them. Politely ask for feedback to help you with future applications.

Accept all feedback graciously, even if you don’t agree. There is an art to accepting criticism. Don’t take it personally. Instead, see it as a great opportunity and a road map to getting your next job.

Upon receiving feedback, are there any common observations? For example, do potential employers feel you are unqualified? Or is it to do with attitude, etc.? If several companies are saying similar things, it might be worth reassessing and figuring out how to make those changes.

  1. Review The Job Roles

If you have received several rejections, it is worth considering whether this is the right job for you? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you qualified enough?
  • Do you meet all requirements in the job specification?
  • Do you have the right skills?
  • Do you have the right temperament for the job?
  • Do you have the necessary experience?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, you have two choices. You can rectify the problem. For example, you can get the relevant qualifications and skills. Or, you can look for jobs in areas where you are qualified and meet the requirements.

  1. Polish Your CV

If you were rejected before receiving an invitation to interview, the problem might be with your CV. If so, you should assess this critically and take steps to update it. Selling yourself in written format is a skill in itself. If you feel that this is not your strong point you should consider looking for CV writing services. CV writers do the job day in and day out. They know what potential employers are looking for and can make your CV stand out.

  1. Improve Your Interviewing Skills

If you are qualified for the jobs you have applied for and have the relevant skills; the problem may lie in the interview. Perhaps you are not presenting yourself in the best possible light. It could be down to your dress or appearance. Or, it could be down to your communication skills.

Do as much research as you can on improving your interview technique. Be aware of common mistakes and pitfalls. If necessary, ask for help. Ask a friend to role play an interview with you. They should have several questions prepared. Ask them for honest feedback on the following:

  • Your physical appearance
  • Your answers to questions
  • Your non-verbal body language
  • Your curiosity and enthusiasm for the role
  • How well you convey your knowledge and experience

Receiving rejections is tough. Receiving several can knock your self-confidence. Always ask for feedback and thank potential employers for their time. Use this to assess whether you are suitable for the roles you are applying for. If you are, then use the feedback as a roadmap to success. Above all, don’t be disheartened. Even the most successful people receive rejections. The trick is to turn them to your advantage.

This post has been contributed by Ryan Gatt, it may contain affiliate links.

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