How do You Deal with Knockbacks?

Knockbacks are terrible. Radio silence is even worse.
When you’re job hunting and you face job rejections, this might be inevitable but it’s still hard to swallow.
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Here are our top five tips for dealing with knockbacks:


  1. Take regular breaks, so you come back refreshed. Job hunting can easily become a full-time job if you’re doing it properly.
  2. Make time for research, and be sure to show off your company/industry knowledge in your cover letter.
  3. If you don’t hear back, call the company and try to follow up on your application. Even if your call doesn’t get past the switchboard, you may be able to get the email address of the hiring manager.
  4. If you’ve had an interview (or several), you’re entitled to ask for feedback. Not all companies will oblige, but some will take the time to help you out.
  5. Be creative. Hiring managers are used to sifting through hundreds of cookie-cutter CVs and cover letters. You’ll make their day if you can find a way to stand out and impress.

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There are plenty more top career tips in our new book “SURVIVE & THRIVE: A Graduate’s Guide To Life After University” – available at Amazon, WHSmith, Waterstones and other good book shops – written especially for people navigating life after education.
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Grad Bites: Job Applications – Dealing with Knockbacks

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