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Job Rejection: How to Overcome It and Move on to the Next Project

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Finding a job is not an easy task. It requires effort, perseverance, and bravery. Some people are very lucky in their job search.

It can take them a week or two - and a project is theirs to enjoy it. In most cases, however, you will have to face job rejection and deal with it at some point during your freelancing career.

Navigating Job Rejection: How to Move on to the Next Application

job rejection

It's part of the game, and the more you grow, the less it will happen to you. The question is, how to equip yourself with the right tactics to overcome it while you build your confidence.
Rejection is more valuable than inaction. All that I have learned until now has been because of rejections. Inaction didn’t teach me a thing.

~ Neeraj Agnihotri, Procrasdemon - The Artist's Guide to Liberation from Procrastination

In this post, I'll present you with a different perspective on missing out on a project, and we'll analyze the exact steps you can take to gain back your composure.

1. Understand the Reasons

The moment you realize you've been rejected it will be terrible. That's a normal reaction caused by the feeling of being underestimated, and your efforts being dismissed.

But if you stop at this point and think about what happened you will come to one of the following conclusions:

Little Effort during the Application Process

There could be a variety of reasons for not qualifying for a remote job, and one of them needs adjustment from your side.

If you find out that you could do better, that's a great reason to move forward to the next application and make the necessary improvements.

Next time you apply, your chances will be higher because now you've identified exactly where the issue stands.

Rejected for a Job I Was Perfect for

In the second case where you've given your maximum, the situation is more complex. At this point, you might not know the exact reason for the job rejection.

You can either ask for an explanation or move forward, but if you want to grow and learn from your mistakes, you will need the information if there is a need for improvement on your side.

A polite and professional email with a request for further clarification will go a long way and will save you the time of wondering what and why it happened to you.

2. Developing Resilience after Work Rejection

While working remotely you will face going through many different projects. You will apply for a variety of opportunities, and you may miss a high-paying opportunity.

I've come across many rejections in my job as I've applied to many projects, and the ill feeling I get every time I hear a "no" is getting less and less frustrating.

The more you jump right into it, the less attention you will pay to the negative consequences. Learn to see the positive side of job rejection.

If you wanted a project, and it didn't work, you would move on to the next application. And what if the next job offer is much better than the previous one, wouldn't that be a success, then?

Every step you take towards finding your best fit will pay out with your improved skills. You will learn a lot about how different job providers communicate, and immerse into the remote work environment.

Being in the surroundings of companies and other freelancers, even without working, is already an investment for your future. Be grateful for the opportunity you have to grow and apply, and you'll see how this attitude benefits you.

3. Seeing Job Rejection as a Learning Experience

Behind every rejection, there is always a reason. It can be related to you or not, but in all cases - you can make your conclusions.

If you notice how you can improve for your next application - that already justifies the turbulence you went through.

Sometimes, it can be difficult to realize exactly what's going on. I've experienced this issue many times. I know there is a lesson to be learned, but I can't see it when I'm right in the middle of the situation.

Take your time, as much as you need, and when you are ready, look at the whole communication you had with a company, and analyze what caused the unpleasant outcome.

A positive way of looking at job rejection is when it motivates you to do more, learn about the topic, and succeed on your next try.

4. Embrace Adaptability

The online job market is changing rapidly, and often - unpredictably. You can work on a project for many years, and then it can suddenly end with little or without prior notice.

The stability of your workplace depends on your skills, and not the job itself. Once you realize this fact, you will feel secure about your finances as long as you adapt and develop your skills in the process.

Being adaptable means you are willing to learn and quickly grasp the basics of the new work landscape. Be proactive in reading, and watching relevant videos on topics that will enhance your freelancing skills.

Habits are sometimes hard to break. But the moment you realize a job search strategy is no longer useful, you can start looking for ways to adjust it.

The variety of projects and work communication can be demanding. In time, you will learn how to focus on the important information and overlook minor details.

5. Building Your Support Circle

holding hands building support circle

Another useful aspect of work rejection is that you can get emotional and professional support. Make sure you surround yourself with people you can trust and who can encourage you to keep searching for your dream job.

Whether that would be a family member, or a friend, have someone you can talk to when stumbling upon difficulties.

You can meet other freelancers who know what you're going through and can give you helpful advice and share their personal coping methods with you.

Friends shouldn't be limited to offline, you can also chat or participate in remote job discussions, and gain insights from other users.


No doubt, overcoming job rejection is a challenge. If you look at it from the perspective of a winner, it can only slow you down. Ultimately, you will get the job you deserve and enjoy its benefits.

Learning coping mechanisms is crucial to your well-being and further growth. Be brave, and overcome the difficulties by applying the methods I mentioned above.

Work rejection is part of the remote work environment, and we should strive to get the best of it, instead of losing our hope.

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  1. I love the tips you provide in dealing with job rejection as a freelancer. Developing a thick skin is pretty important as a remote job seeker!


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