Fear of rejection is a huge issue for those pursuing new employment. So much effort. A beautiful résumé. A great interview.

You wait. Finally, a rejection email or letter: “We regret to inform you the position you applied for has been filled.” How do you deal with rejection?

1. Keep perspective.

It’s normal to feel like giving up. God created you with unique gifts and skills. Trust that He will open and close the right doors for you. As difficult as it is, try not to take the rejection process personally.

2. Be thankful.

No matter what we are facing, there is always something to be thankful for. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV). As you intentionally practice thankfulness, you’ll find it’s much easier to stay positive.

3. Thoughtfully reflect.

When facing rejection, try journaling to help you reflect on how you’re feeling. Write down some encouraging Bible verses. Ask God to show you what He’s teaching you throughout the job search.

4. Build a support system.

It’s easy to withdraw when we feel rejected, defeated or embarrassed. Keep your support system in place, people who resonate with you, people who consistently pray for you.

5. Persevere.

Don’t give up. As hard as it feels sometimes, giving up is the worst thing you can do. God will never give up on you, so don’t give up on Him.

Join us for Southeast’s online Encounter Job Loss Support Group, Monday evenings at 7 p.m. on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/174154667). Call (502) 253-8400 for more info.