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So you didn’t get that dream job you spent hours prepping for? No worries, we have all been there, the best way to bounce back is to realise that it isn’t the end of the world, you are not crap, you are still a boss but the job just wasn’t for you. 

Here are a few ways to handle the rejection:


This may be last thing you want but it is what you need. It gives you an indication of what you could do better next time. Take the advice on board and use it to tweak your approach.Remember there are probably a list of people in the same position as you, all wanting that one job.


It’s just part of your path to grow within your career. I mean it happened to me, I was literally obsessing and stressing over one job and instead was offered a job elsewhere. It turns out that was where I needed to be.


The best way to look at it is to consider what you want to get out  of a job, what is the most important aspects you want it to fulfil and then find a couple of jobs which fit that criteria.

Even the most successful people would have had some knock backs in their lives, it’s all part of growing and our professional development. Not everything is smooth sailing. If anything, see rejections as a way to build yourself and change your approach. In the words of Aaliyah “Dust yourself off and try again.”


Driving yourself crazy replaying the scene over and over again, “Maybe if I said this, maybe if I had done that.” This can result into a full-blown pity party which does not help matters. If anything, it makes you feel 10 times worse. Don’t dwell on what could have been, instead look to the future for other opportunities.

Letting your rejection take a hold of your emotions, will hold you back. Your mind will fixate on your rejection and the fear will stop you from going for other opportunities. So the most important thing is to move forward and start again.

Something to dwell on :

I failed 3 times in college. I applied 30 times to get a job but I have always been rejected. When KFC came to China for the first time, we were 24 to apply and I was the only one to be dismissed. I wanted to go into the police and 5 postulants, I was the only one not to be accepted. I applied 10 times to return to Harvard University USA and I was rejected. ” – Jack Ma, Alibaba Creator and 22nd World fortune according to Forbes in 2015 with $ 29.8 billion.

Jack Ma, who faced rejection over 30 times is now the richest man in China! 

Stay motivated ladies! 

Romana Shah

Romana Shah

Romana graduated with an undergraduate degree in English language from Sheffield Hallam University and then went on to do a Masters in Public Relations. She worked for two years in-house for a South Asian Fashion boutique where she wrote articles for the South Asian press and managed the brand of the company. Romana then moved on to be successful on the Taylor Bennett Foundation training programme which equips and supports individuals from ethnic diverse backgrounds to get into the PR and communications industry. Romana recently joined Flame PR because she enjoyed the opportunity to tap into the financial and tech sector. Alongside her PR duties she also works with the sales team to get new business for the agency.

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