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It's a familiar scenario: you've poured your heart into a job application, aced the interview (or so you thought), and then... silence. Or, perhaps worse, a polite but firm rejection. It's a sting felt by many, but for INFJs, it can feel like a personal affront to their very being. 

If you're an INFJ, you know that you invest not just time and effort, but also a piece of your soul in everything you do. So when rejection comes, it's not just a job you didn't get—it's a dream deferred. But here's the silver lining: resilience and a growth mindset can transform this setback into a stepping stone for future success. 

Let's explore how you, as an INFJ, can navigate through the aftermath of a job rejection and emerge stronger.

Why did you get rejected?

Job rejections are seldom a reflection of your worth. They can be due to a myriad of reasons—perhaps the company had an internal candidate in mind, or maybe the role was canceled altogether. For INFJs, who often seek deep meaning and purpose in their work, it's crucial to separate the myths from the facts. 

Rejection is not a measure of your capabilities but rather a mismatch of circumstances. As INFJs, you might take rejection as a sign that you're not good enough, or that your vision isn't valued. But remember, it's not about you failing; it's about finding the right fit.

What does rejection feel like to an INFJ?

When faced with job rejection, an INFJ might retreat into their inner world, ruminating on what went wrong. Your dominant function, Introverted Intuition (Ni), compels you to seek out underlying meanings, which can lead to overthinking the rejection. 

Coupled with your auxiliary function, Extraverted Feeling (Fe), you might also worry about the impression you left on the interviewers. 

Constructive responses include seeking feedback and reflecting on the experience to grow. Unconstructive reactions, however, may involve withdrawing from future opportunities or harsh self-criticism.

How can INFJs overcome rejection?

As an INFJ, overcoming job rejection requires a blend of introspection and action. Here are some strategies to help you navigate this challenging time:

  1. Allow yourself to feel: Give yourself permission to grieve the lost opportunity. It's okay to feel disappointed, but don't dwell in this space for too long.
  2. Seek understanding: Use your Ni to analyze the situation. Was there a misalignment in values? Could you have presented your skills differently? Understanding the 'why' can help you let go.
  3. Request feedback: If possible, ask the employer for feedback. This can provide valuable insights and show that you're committed to personal growth.
  4. Reframe the experience: Shift your perspective by viewing the rejection as a learning opportunity. What can you take away from this to improve your next application or interview?
  5. Connect with your network: Reach out to friends, mentors or fellow INFJs. Sharing your experience can provide comfort and practical advice.
  6. Take care of yourself: Engage in self-care practices that nourish your mind, body and spirit. This could be meditation, exercise or creative pursuits.
  7. Refine your approach: Use the feedback and your reflections to tweak your resume, cover letter and interview techniques.
  8. Keep moving forward: Continue to apply for jobs that align with your values and vision. Each application is a step closer to the right opportunity.

Rejection is an opportunity for career growth

Job rejection is a universal experience, but for INFJs, it can be particularly disheartening. Yet, it's also an opportunity for growth and self-discovery. Reflect on the experience and ask yourself what it taught you about your career aspirations and work environment preferences. Use this knowledge to refine your job search strategy. 

Taking the Career Personality Profiler test is a good place to start. This will help you target roles that suit your unique personality. 

Remember, many successful individuals have faced rejection multiple times. As Robert F. Kennedy once said, "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." Take this rejection as a chance to reassess and realign with your career goals. It could be the catalyst for finding a role that's not just a job, but a calling.

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