Coping with job rejection is not easy.

Last year a graduate who became so frustrated after he was rejected from hundreds of jobs took to the streets with a sign in a bold effort to get work.  Cedrik von Stumm stood outside the Tube station in London’s Canary Wharf and as a result, made national news headlines.

The 23-year-old, from Germany, has a Master’s degree in financial mathematics from King’s College in London and is fluent in three languages but still struggled to find employment.

He applied for hundreds of jobs and had only three interviews – all of them unsuccessful.

He handed out 40 CVs in 30 minutes and spoke to a number of potential employers impressed with his dedication.

Result: He now works at a financial services firm, Ebury, working in their FX department.

Of course, taking to the streets with a sign is extreme!

But the experience of rejection is a shared one. I would say that it is a part of the process for every graduate.


Coping with job rejection

Most importantly take the following 4 steps:

1) Follow Up

The further on you make it in the application process, the more likely you are to get feedback. However, sometimes you may get none at all.

It is always worth sending a quick, polite email to the recruiter/hiring manager asking for feedback.


2) Identify your Weakness

When you do receive feedback analyse it carefully and go through this with another person. Make sure you understand what your areas of improvement are.

Sometimes it is obvious. If you are not getting past the online test stage you may just need more practice. Take some free tests online and note down where you are going wrong so you don’t make the same mistakes again and again.


3) Approach Differently

If the same thing isn’t working for you time and time again, you may need to rethink your approach. Having someone review your progress can be useful in order to suggest how you can do it differently.

It could be anything from your CV format, or your tone in your emails. Consider trying a different tact. It is often small changes that can make a huge difference.

Coping with job rejection is about learning from the past, and doing things differently to get better results.


4) Refine your Job Search

From speaking with friends or attending careers fairs you may have a set idea of which company and industry you want to join. Refining your search will help you receive fewer rejections. Study the job description carefully and make sure it matches your skills, personality and career goals.

But remember, the industry is much larger than you think. Within the financial industry, for example, there are hundreds of different jobs available. Take time to research the different positions.

Some of the best jobs are not advertised on Milkround, Indeed or any graduate recruitment websites. You need to dig deeper and connect with professionals in that field that can show you new opportunities and guide you through the job market.


Next Steps:

We know that a large number of international students just like you get into top jobs every year. It is not an easy process, and you have to be prepared to be rejected many times! Coping with job rejection is done by learning and improving.

It is all about working on the right things, developing your skills, identifying and improving areas of weakness and learning to market yourself.

We can help review your progress, stop you from making the same mistakes, and lead you to a successful job offer!

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