It's easy to think of rejection as losing or experiencing failure. Before I changed my beliefs about rejection, I recall my body reacting the same way after not not being invited to interview or not getting an offer for a job that I really wanted. Gut punch!
When considering rejection, we have two options when searching for our next role.
- Accept rejection as part of the process. Put yourself "out there" -- continuing to network and to search for a great new job.
- Let the fear of rejection block you from progress. Fear keeps you from reaching out, meeting others, or applying for new roles, so you stay in your current situation for as long as your current employer wants to pay you.