In the modern age of recruitment, it can be hard for many to stay motivated in seeking a career change. Perhaps they have been in a particular role or industry for a number of years, and fancy their chances at proving themselves in another role, or even changing industries. Whatever the case, one of the biggest factors involved in applying for jobs is that there will be rejections. No matter how many jobs you apply for, not all employers will respond. This is most likely due to how competitive the jobs market has become over the years, with employers receiving hundreds in some cases thousands of applications for one position. This is perhaps one of the single most off-putting things about applying for jobs in that you have put a lot of effort into sprucing up your CV and tailoring covering letters to suit the particular company/job role you are applying for, only to be turned down or in some instances simply ignored. Individual feedback is not always achievable to the sheer amount of applications that some employers receive, with candidates receiving the generic ‘unfortunately you have not been successful on this occasion…’.

Whatever happens, it is important to remember that everything happens for a reason, perhaps there were better-suited candidates, not to say that you wouldn’t excel in the position given the opportunity, but other candidates may have more experience in that particular industry for example. Sometimes many aim high in order to personally improve themselves, but often employers cite a lack of experience/qualifications as their reason for choosing not to pursue a particular candidate. In order to improve your chances, and to show your commitment to gaining experience in the industry you wish to work in, particularly if you are changing industries, is to send speculative letters/emails or maybe call a particular employer you are interested in, even if they don’t appear to be hiring. Give them a brief description of yourself, outlining your skills, experiences and the type of role you are looking for. What is key is showing your enthusiasm, and this can sometimes pay off. They will appreciate your interest in your company and might even offer you a placement/temporary work. In some cases, this can be unpaid but everyone has to start somewhere and the experience will be invaluable to you.

Graduate jobs in particular often have lengthy recruitment processes in order to make candidates stand out from the crowd as the applications they receive can easily creep into several 1000s. Video interviews, telephone interviews and verbal reasoning tests amongst other methods often precede any face to face interviews as this helps employers filter out many applicants who might not be the right fit for the company/position. With more and more people chosing to go to university to enhance their career prospects, in spite of the hike in tuition fees over the years, sometimes a degree alone is not enough. Showing your commitment to personal development in other areas through extracurricular activities can sometimes be the difference between an employer choosing one candidate over another.

Overall, if you can brush off any rejected applications you will inevitably receive, as well as showing your commitment to personal development through the methods I have mentioned in this post, you will be well on your way to eventually achieving the role of your dreams, even if that means starting at the bottom. Additionally, when reaching the interview stage, effective preparation is key, but even if you don’t get offered the job, take it as experience for any future interviews you may have, as not all of them will be perfect. You might know yourself where you went wrong, but where possible, ask for feedback as this will most certainly help you improve your interview technique, and you will get to know the areas where you need to improve. Follow this advice, and your confidence, personality, and enthusiasm will soon shine through.