Don’t let your job search get you down

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When you’re job searching in the aviation industry, or any other for that matter, being selected at interview or even getting that interview can seem like a matter of life and death.  And failing to secure either a job or an interview can really hurt.  However, if you go into any job search with the notion that you’re going to face rejection (everyone does), you’ll be better equipped to deal with what the whole process is likely to throw at you.  Rejection is part of the job search process and accepting and acknowledging that will help you no end.  That said, if you’re in the situation where you’re getting rejection after rejection, these ten points should help you get things back into perspective:

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  1. It’s not all about you. When you get refused for interview or someone else is selected rather than you, it’s all too easy to take an inward focus and look for the bad things in you that meant you didn’t succeed.  This is a tough one, but you should resist this reaction at all costs.  Yes, you were rejected for this job, but that doesn’t mean that everything about you is wrong.  It means simply that there was someone else who either presented themselves better or were actually better than you.  That’s life.  There are people better than all of us, all around us every day.  That doesn’t mean you’re all bad.  A good thing to do when you get rejected is ask for feedback about why you didn’t get the interview or the job – the responses you get should help you next time around.

  2. Did you give it all you’ve got? All of that said…do take time to be a tiny bit critical of yourself.  Did you give it all you’ve got?  Were you as prepared as you could have been?  Did you present yourself in the best light?  Were you in the best form possible on the day?  Take time to take stock of what actually happened and learn from it.

  3. Allow yourself a little low, but then get back up again. Rejection is tough.  It comes like a punch in the gut and you’re only human after all.  When you get rejection after rejection it can feel overwhelming, but what you mustn’t do is let it get to you.  Allow yourself a short mourning period for what might have been (a day or so should be enough) and then get back on with your life.

  4. Be kind to yourself and accept. It may sound odd to reward yourself for rejection, but being kind to yourself without wallowing will help you to get over it quicker.  Treat yourself to an evening out with friends, a long lingering bubble bath or something that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, accept what’s happened and move on.

  5. Surround yourself with others like you. Joining a network of job hunters in the aviation industry either virtually or face-to-face will help you deal with rejection better because you’ll be amongst others who are in the same situation.  While it’s never big nor clever to wallow in others defeat, positively sharing experiences with others in the same situation as you is a great way to realise that you’re not alone.

  6. It’s not the end of the world. It sounds obvious, but being rejected, even for your dream aviation job isn’t the end of the world.  It’s not like you’re seriously ill or have found yourself homeless or in severe financial difficulty.  Try to put it into perspective and this will help you move on.

  7. Revisit your “stuff” and sharpen your game. Take time immediately after rejection to revisit your job search promotional material and sharpen it up based on what you learned during your recent process.

  8. Stay fit and healthy. It’s essential that you keep yourself in good spirits if you’re going to go the distance – so don’t lose sight of the importance of exercise, a balanced diet and plenty of sleep.

  9. Get on with your current job. Like it or not, but if you’re looking to change job in the aviation industry – at least you have a job right now.  No matter whether you think it’s the worst job in the world, you owe it to yourself to do it to the very best of your ability.  Make it a priority to give it all you’ve got – you never know; your rejection might just be the kick in the pants you needed to get noticed for a promotion.

  10. Laugh, be happy and continue to enjoy life. There are two ways of going through life (and probably a whole lot more) – happy or miserable.  You’re alive and well and if the only thing that’s really troubling you is securing your dream aviation job; things could be a whole lot worse.  So laugh, be happy and get on with life.  Surround yourself with people you love and who love you and things will soon get back on track.

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