How To Tackle Job Rejection

We have all faced the dreaded rejection at least once in our careers. But the strength of a great job candidate is the ability to learn from the process and bounce back, so you can be better equipped for the next position they apply to. 

Let's discuss how to tackle job rejection when applying for a food manufacturing job. 

First of all. 

Take a breath. 

The main thing is to get your emotions in check. Any job rejection can make you feel “undervalued” and dejected. But a rejection just means you were not the best fit for that particular company or role. 

It is not the end of your career in the food and beverage processing industry. Fortunately, you are applying for a food manufacturing job in a growth market with ample opportunities. 

The stats are in your favour, with the food and beverage processing industry needing to recruit 56,000 more people, or 20% of the current workforce, for the food and beverage processing industry to achieve its 2025 growth targets. 

So, as they say, “one door” closing means a window is opening somewhere else, but you have to be ready to leap. 

A job rejection letter is not the end of your food and manufacturing career 

The most important thing to remember is that one job rejection letter is not the end of your career as a food processing technician. Respond to the letter, reflect on why your job application was unsuccessful and continue your search for the right food and beverage manufacturing job that will fit your job profile. 

A job rejection letter can be a great form of feedback, and you can use this feedback to hone your job search skills for future opportunities. It may be hard to swallow now, but rejection can be good in the long run. 

How to respond to a job rejection 

If you are lucky, the food and beverage manufacturer or employer may send you a letter explaining why you did not make it through the hiring process. If they do give you any reasons, this is worth its weight in gold. 

But in most cases, they will give very little feedback. If this is the case, don’t wallow in it. Rather do your own self-reflection. 

Here are 3 key ways to respond to a job rejection letter. 

1. Follow up with the hiring manager 

Always acknowledge the letter and respond. Thank the hiring manager for his/ her time, ask for further, more detailed feedback and always suggest they reach out for future opportunities. 

2. Realign your career goals 

Now is a good time to review your resume. 

Do your qualifications and certifications meet the job description? 

Are you underqualified or overqualified for the job position? 

Make sure you highlight all your skill sets to match what the hiring company or factory is looking for. This will make or break your job application. Check your resume’s formatting to increase the chances of it being picked up by those Application Tracking bots. 

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3. Relook at your job search strategy 

If you are facing constant rejection, perhaps you are looking in the wrong place. Cast a wide net and ensure you are getting your resume in front of more people rather than relying solely on job boards. 

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Turn a job rejection into an opportunity 

The food and beverage industry in Canada can create huge growth opportunities. Still, the work can be challenging, and resilience in a job applicant is non-negotiable in any food processing job. 

A job rejection is part and parcel of any job search process. But as the cliche goes, it's not about how many times you fall down but how many times you get up again. That's especially true when it comes to a food processing technician. 

That’s where QTalent comes in. We help you get in front of the right hiring managers with job positions that match your credentials. 

Here’s how: 

  • Our sophisticated job search engine allows you to filter potential positions by salary, location,  job title, company culture, perks, and benefits. 

  • Send personalised job alerts and customise your job profile for multiple jobs with one single resume upload. 

  • Notifications will let you alert HR managers when you’re interested in future roles‍.

Romy Zwiers


Romy Zwiers is a journalist and marketing professional with 16 years of experience working across industries with a keen focus on the beverage and food industry, having worked with companies like KFC, Nandos, Cadbury and Coca-Cola.

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