Handling Job Application Rejection
Remaining positive after receiving a rejection notice can be tough. The key is to not take the rejection personally
and continue the job search process. Remember that sometimes even the most qualified candidates receive
rejection notices. Regardless of whether you simply applied or went through the entire interview process, you
can learn from the experience.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the stress of rejection from an
employer and you are having trouble handling this on your own, SFU`s
Health and Counselling Services are available for students at any of the
Health and Counselling Services
Health Clinic: 778.782.4615
Counselling: 778.782.4615 or email email@example.com
Health Promotion: 778.782.4674
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Location: MBC 0101 (bottom floor, Maggie Benston Centre)
SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)
Health Clinic and Counselling: 778.782.5200
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Location: Room 300, 515 West Hastings Street
If the company has only seen your cover letter
Go back to those documents to see if they were tailored to the
employer’s needs and requirements. Did you focus on how your
background matches their posting? Would it be helpful to have someone
review your documents? Do you need further education or more
experience in your field? Should you join a professional association?
There are many questions you can ask yourself. If you are still not sure
what your next steps should be, drop by the Career Management Centre
(CMC) for an appointment to meet with one of our career advisors.
It is not proper business etiquette to follow up with a company to inquire
as to why you were not short listed, nor is it appropriate to send a
‘rejection email’ in this case.
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