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Job seeking: 5 tips to minimize job rejections

Published: Wednesday 9th September 2020

Job seeking can put you in stressful situations at times because there is always a chance to experience your application get rejected. Be it in the screening test or the later stages of an interview, a job rejection can take a toll on your anxiety levels, self-esteem and confidence. The reasons could vary from  your lack of proper qualification or experience, better candidates, misalignment of goals and future vision, not meeting salary expectations and more. However, there are various small tips to minimize job rejections and you can make sure that your chances of job rejections are lowered and the rates of converting a job interview are considerably increased.

An applicant looking at his rejection letter

Have you ever faced job rejections before? If yes, we are here to help you. If not, even better. Our blog will talk about 5 tips to minimize job rejections that you can swiftly implement to see a difference. Read on to know more.

  • Laser-Focused Job Search: One question you need to ask yourself is. “Am I applying for the right job?” You’ll find that our blog on how to conduct an effective job search will help with this aspect. Sometimes, your application is rejected simply because you are not a good fit for it. To reduce your rates of getting rejected while job hunting, it is imperative that you ensure that the job you are applying for ticks all your boxes too. When the organization sees that your vision, mission and operations are not aligned with theirs, they have no option but to reject you. Hence, target the best companies from your line of profession that need your expertise to begin with.


  • Qualification And Skills Check: The second question to ask yourself is whether you are qualified and skilled enough for the job you’re aiming to close on? The easiest way to understand this is to read the recruitment notice put up by the organization. They always clearly tend to mention the skills and qualifications required by a candidate to clear their screening tests and qualify for interviews. If you don’t have these skills, we suggest you go acquire them or return to step 1 and shortlist jobs based on your current qualifications and skill set. However, if you clear the criteria, you can test yourself to see how adept you are in the knowledge and skills department. Challenging yourself to rise to the occasion is always a positive thing, since your competition is with thousands of candidates.


  • Modify Your Resume and Cover Letter: As always mentioned in your resume guide blogs, your resume and cover letter have a greater impact if you modify them as per every job you have applied to. This gives you a chance to showcase particular technical and non-technical skills that fit the job requirement to boost your chances of getting hired. Personalize your cover letter to write to the organization how much you’re looking forward to joining them. Giving reasons why you make the ideal candidate and what you bring to the table are great ways to impress them from the very start.


  • The Power of Networking: We cannot stress enough on the importance of networking, especially after the global pandemic. Now that we have restricted travel and socializing, networking can be a great way to create contacts on professional platforms like LinkedIn. You can interact with people from your line of profession and post your articles to boost visibility. This way, your chances of getting recommended for a job position or even simply notified by a network regarding a vacancy are higher. Make sure to be in touch with hiring managers.


  • Mobility: If being mobile and relocation are not an issue to you, you can consider going to the places where the maximum jobs in your field are available. This will give you more opportunities to apply to new and upcoming organizations rather than the ones where the applications are already saturated. Some geographic locations are exhausted because of limited opportunities while the other have several open avenues. Go where you are needed.

As seen in your tips above , these are very simple to inculcate. By making small changes and asking some serious questions to yourself, you can improve your rejection rate. Above everything, stay positive, confident, and informed; you can read out job seeker blogs to polish your prospects better.

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