Career Readiness

5 Ways Teens Can Cope With Job Rejection

Being overlooked for a job is disappointing. Even worst is the sting of rejection. According to Psychology Today, rejection “destabilizes our needs to belong, lowers our IQ, creates surges of anger and aggression” and more. From a Christian Career Readiness Coach perspective, here are ways teens can cope with job rejection…

5 Ways Teens Can Cope With Job Rejection

Life is the greatest opportunity for growth and wisdom is the best tool to help you achieve grow and maturity. Hence, teens should see life as an opportunity to become the best version of themselves. In life, teens will experience challenges, obstacles, and success. One of those challenges in life is getting a job. Teens who choose to face this challenge are courageous and admirable. Despite the fear of rejection, these teens sit in front of adult(s) alone with sweaty palms and nervous stomaches, and confidently express why they are the best fit for the job. Sometime the interview is successful and you get the job. Other times, the interview is successful but the employer decided another candidate had more experience than you. How teens handle job rejection will impact their attitude, aptitude, and lifestyle. For mor information the impact of rejection, read Psychology Today’s article “10 Surprising Facts About Rejection” by Guy Winch Ph.D..

From a Christian Career Readiness perspective, the 5 Ways Teens Can Cope With Rejection have helped my teen and adult client.

  1. Show Gratitude
  2. Use Job Tracking
  3. Seek Wise Adults
  4. Meditate On God’s Word
  5. Keep Moving Forward

Show Gratitude

After receiving the rejection notification / communication, reply to express you have received their communication and thank them for the opportunity and you could ask for feedback (if you want to improve your interviewing skills or technical skills / education).

Use Job Tracking

Before starting your job search create a job tracking spreadsheet to maintain updates of positions you applied for and to know who to contact for follow ups and to send thank you letters / notes.

Seek Wise Counsel

Teens should have an wise adult who can encourage, guide, and listen to you. These wise adults could be family members, school staff, mentor, or career / job coach. If the teens need Job Coaches or Career Coaches, please read article, Should Teens Have a Job Coach or Career Coach?.

Meditate On God’s Word

In addition to seeking wise counsel from an adult you respect and see as a role model, teens should learn to encourage themselves through meditating on words of affirmation by reading, listening or watching videos. Meditation increases your faith in what God says about you and reminds you of God’s promise for your life. For my Click YouTube Affirmation playlist.

My favorite promise from God is…

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11, New International Version

Keep Moving Forward

Keep applying for jobs, contacting human resources professionals and staffing agencies, seek volunteer opportunities, etc. Keep moving forward!

If you need any additional advice or assistance, feel free to contact me, Career Readiness Coach, Tish Pope by clicking here.

Happy Job Hunting!

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