The 4 stages of dealing with rejection

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Encountering your first rejection can be disappointing, disheartening and may even make you question your ability to be a successful contractor.

Although it may be a bitter pill to swallow, especially for a “newbie”, it’s important not to get too hung up. At some point, everybody faces rejection, but the way you handle it and how you move on will determine how you progress in your career.

Here are 4 steps to help conquer rejection:


When it comes to rejection, you need to remember it’s part of the process. The worst thing you could do is to dwell on it. It’s understandable to feel momentarily dejected when you don’t obtain a contract you really wanted, but you need to quickly pick yourself back up again and carry on.

Identify your mistakes

Just because a company has decided not to take you on, doesn’t mean you did something terrible. Be sure to take any feedback as constructive and rectify anything you can. For example if you were missing a particular skill, make every attempt to add it to your repertoire so that when you’re applying for your next contract, you won’t be pulled up on the same point again.

Move on

It’s time to start looking for your next assignment and get yourself out there again. Leave the rejection in the past and start applying for other contracts that you can really sink your teeth into. A good method of getting your name out there is attending networking events and using your online platforms to let potential clients know what you can offer them.

Stay positive

Through all this, it’s important you stay positive and motivated. Sweep aside any negative feelings you have about not getting the contract and keep looking forward. If you spend your time wondering why you didn’t succeed, you’ll miss the opportunities ahead. After all, your next assignment could be even better than the one you were rejected for.

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