Being rejected from a job can be a challenging experience. But it’s not all negative: coping strategies can help students to gain a lot of positive learning from job rejection. This lesson explores strategies for students to use to cope with job rejection and to build their character strengths.
Students will develop a variety of strategies that they can utilise to cope with job rejection.
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
- explore strategies for coping with job rejection
- identify their character strengths
- identify ways that they can demonstrate their character strengths to employers.
Options explosion: Strategies to cope with job rejection 30 min
- Present students with the scenario that they have just been rejected from a job that they really wanted. Explain to them that feelings of rejection can occur when they:
- don’t hear back from the employer
- receive a first-round interview, but are not successful
- receive a letter explaining that their application has been unsuccessful
- learn that their referees have been called, but they don’t get a job offer.
- Students list the feelings they might have if they receive a rejection.
- Students access the ReachOut.com article ‘6 ways to deal when you’re rejected from a job’.
- Students list three strategies they could use to deal with this experience. They may explore suggestions additional to those included in the article.
- Ask students to delve deeper into these strategies and explain, using a dot point for each strategy, why they could be beneficial.
- Ask students: ‘What can you learn from job rejection?’ (For example, it can foster resilience, and awareness that there are things they can do about it.)
- Ask students to share times when they, or someone they know, turned what they initially thought was a negative experience into a positive one.
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