What to do when you don’t get the job

Obtaining employment can be a very stressful process – you have to constantly put yourself out there in hopes of making a good impression to land the job and sometimes, you just don’t get it. We understand that it can be quite disheartening at times and therefore, we offer this guide to support you in the event that your Canadian job application is unsuccessful.

1. Maintain your composure

If you applied and got turned down, don’t lose faith. In some cases, the intended candidate will turn the offer down and then the position will become available once more. The process may take some time and it is not a common occurrence, but it has happened before. If that is indeed the case, you may still stand a chance. All you need to do is remain calm and patient.

2. Take some time out to re-evaluate and re-energize

We understand that landing a job is imperative, but at the same time, you also need to allow yourself to take stock of what you may be doing right and wrong in the interview process. Our best advice in this situation would be to give yourself the benefit of the doubt and allow time to reflect on your actions. In other words, take some time out from applying for jobs and do something to relax – be it retail therapy, painting or getting a massage. We can guarantee that after this, you’ll feel better and confident enough to tackle the task of applying for jobs once more.

3. Prepare better

After you have reflected on some of your mistakes, you should implement ways to correct them for future reference. This means that if you felt that you needed to know more about the company, do research beforehand or make an effort to dress up and look the part as the appearance of confidence also makes a great first impression. Another way of preparation is by doing role-play to get comfortable with being interviewed.

4. Stay Optimistic

Just because it didn’t work out this time around, doesn’t mean that it will never happen at all. Even though you did not make it, you still gained valuable experience in preparing for interviews and you now know what to expect and how to prepare better. Try not to be too hard on yourself, many people haven’t been accepted on the first try and you know that there will always be plenty of opportunities – it is Canada after all.