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How New Grads Can Take Charge of Job Search Rejection

How New Grads Can Take Charge of Job Search Rejection

Susan Kennedy | Monster Contributing Writer

Nancy is a new nursing graduate who sailed through high school and college. She worked hard throughout school, and had good extracurricular activities, several internships at prestigious hospitals and a good job search plan. Nancy did a junior-year summer internship that led to a job offer, but it’s now off the table because of hiring freezes. So she started looking for an entry-level position, only to find her target employers weren’t hiring.

This wasn’t supposed to happen. Nancy was stunned and is feeling more and more frustrated and pessimistic.

Sound familiar? The current recession has created an enormously challenging job market for college students and new graduates. Paid and even unpaid internships are tough to find. The days when recruiters were wooing candidates on campus, enticing them with sign-on bonuses and large starting salaries, are gone. College graduates now have to crank up their job search, actively pursuing many more companies and jobs than before.

Of course, rejections are common. Although you may intuitively know rejection is a normal part of the job search process, if you are a recent grad, you may have little personal experience with it. And ongoing rejection can be paralyzing. But if you handle it properly, you can use the rejection as a tool in the job search process. After all, what you learn from each rejection brings you one step closer to a yes.

Here are some concrete steps you can take to deal with the rejection constructively and improve your chances of landing a job.

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