Hello, job hunters. 

Over the past 10 years or so, I’ve been working with learners who are trying to get a new job. Staying positive after getting rejected is one of the biggest challenges I have seen. Want to know how to deal with rejection from a job application? Grab a cuppa and read on... 

If you've been in the job search game for a while or feel stuck in the low-wage limbo, you’re not alone. I get it – the frustration, the demotivation, the endless cycle of rejection emails. But fear not, because building resilience is your secret weapon to conquer the job hunt.  

Want to stay positive during your job search? Let's dive into some game-changing tips that I’ve picked up along the way... including a few that we can support with at the WEA. 

It’s not a setback, it’s a stepping stone

It's easy to feel defeated when you're rejected from a job application. Instead of seeing it as a roadblock, view it as a stepping stone towards success. Learn from each setback, adjust your approach, and keep pushing forward. 

Persistence is key on your job hunt. Resilient people have more success in finding a job because they keep on going. 

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Set realistic goals

Break down your job search into easy goals. Check that you have the skills and experience you need to get the job you want.  

If you don’t have them, what steps can you take towards it? Do you need a qualification? Perhaps you could get relevant experience through volunteering, for example.  

Find small tasks that you can achieve in the short term that work towards your long-term goal. 

Phone a friend

Don't go it alone. Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends, family, or fellow job seekers. Sharing experiences, tips, and encouragement can provide a much-needed morale boost.  

If you’re doing WEA skills, you'll find lots of like-minded people in the same boat as you. Supporting one another to think positively in your job hunt will help everyone. Your WEA tutor might be able to help you with your applications. 

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Take care of your physical and mental wellbeing

Job hunting can be stressful, so don’t forget to look after your health. Exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and practice mindfulness. A healthy body and mind contribute to resilience in the face of challenges. Check out our health and wellbeing coursesto not just survive but thrive in the job hunt.  

It's all about taking care of yourself, both your mind and body. Because a healthy, happy you is a resilient you. By learning coping strategies and managing stress you'll be building resilience in your job hunt.  

Take a free skills course

Our skills for work courses are a game-changer. These classes aren't just about learning new skills. They're about showing potential employers that you're dedicated to self-improvement. 

Whether it's brushing up your computer skills or getting a qualification in adult social care - these courses show commitment and enthusiasm. These are the sort of things that a hiring manager is looking for in your cover letter or CV.

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It might seem hard to develop resilience in tough times, but there are many people ready to help you. In a world that might seem stacked against you, building resilience is your secret weapon. Embrace the challenges, invest in your skills, and watch the job hunt transform into a journey of self-discovery and success. 

You've got this!

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About the author

Jessica Holloway Swift

Employability & Skills Marketing Manager

Jess is an experienced marketing manager with a special interest in employability marketing and learner engagement.