How to handle not getting the job

Don’t sit around waiting for them to call you — apply to other jobs to keep options open and your head in a positive place.

The job market is difficult, sure, but knowing how to deal with job rejection will give you the edge over your competition. Don’t get downtrodden, don’t feel hopeless and, whatever you do, don’t take it personally.

Process what went wrong
Don’t beat yourself up — just examine what happened and plan how to make a better impression in the next interview. “Monday morning quarterbacking has a place,” says relationship advisor and author April Masini. “Rejection is always an opportunity to build on who and what you are.”

Get back in the networking game
There’s no reason to be embarrassed that you need a little extra help. Reach out to the connections you already have — they might be the link between you and your next job. “Avoid cold-calling by working with your existing contacts to help introduce you to others,” suggests Michelle Coussens, dean of the School of Business at Kendall College. “So many people have lost jobs, they are often happy to help someone else in their search.”

Keep applying
Don’t waste a minute waiting for a company’s response. Instead, stop refreshing your e-mail and continue your search. “If you don’t get this one, you’ll have other irons in the fire, which, psychologically, is a much better position to be in when you get a rejection letter — rather than having to start from scratch with the weight of the [rejection] on your back,” says Masini.

Give yourself a better chance
To avoid the interview crickets, make sure your résumé is tailored to each position for which you’re applying.

“People have the wrong résumé,” says career psychologist Eileen Sharaga. “They want to be all things to all people, but they need to focus a résumé that clearly positions them in a specific job.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.