Building Resilience: How to handle unsuccessful job applications

Resilient doctors

Medicine is a highly competitive field containing some of the brightest minds in the world. Yet, still, it's only natural to feel disappointed and discouraged when you receive a rejection after applying for a position. However, it's important to remember that job rejections are a normal and inevitable part of the doctor's job search process (or any job search process for that matter!). In fact, statistics show that the average job seeker applies for dozens of jobs before landing an offer.

Here are a few tips for handling unsuccessful job applications and rejections:

1. Don't take it personally.

It's easy to get down on yourself and feel like you are not good enough when you receive a rejection. However, it's important to remember that job rejections are not always a reflection of your qualifications or worth as a person. There could be any number of reasons why you weren't selected for the position, and it's important to keep this in perspective.

2. Seek feedback.

If the hospital or practice is willing to provide feedback on your application or interview, take the opportunity to learn from the experience. Ask for specific feedback on areas where you can improve, and use this information to adjust your approach and tailor your application to future positions.

3. Keep an open mind.

Don't get too focused on a specific role or hospital. While it's natural to have a clear idea of what you are looking for, keeping an open mind and being open to new opportunities can lead to unexpected and rewarding career paths.

4. Stay positive.

It's easy to get discouraged when you face rejections, but it's important to stay positive and keep a good mindset. This can be easier said than done, but try to focus on the progress you are making and the skills you are gaining throughout the job search process.

5. Stay persistent.

Finding the right job can take time, and can be stressful. That is why persistence is important. The more you put yourself out there, the more likely you are to find the right opportunity.

6. Talk to a medical recruitment agency

A medical recruitment agency can help you find permanent roles or locum in between permanent roles. They can guide you through the entire process from CV submittal to the interview. At Medrecruit, we have over 2,000 doctor jobs on our books and a dedicated team of Solution Specialists who work hard to make sure each of our doctors achieves their career or lifestyle goals.

Receiving job rejections can be challenging and stressful, but it's important to remember that they are a normal and inevitable part of the job search process. By staying positive, seeking feedback, and keeping an open mind, you can continue to move forward and find the right opportunity for your career.

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Medrecruit Editorial Team
31 December 2022Article by Medrecruit Editorial TeamMedrecruit Editor