Euro 2016: not getting picked for the team could be the best thing that ever happened to you

Euro 2016: not getting picked for the team could be the best thing that ever happened to you

On June 10th 2016 Euro 2016 kicks off. England manager, Roy Hodgson, delayed naming his line-up twice, leaving it right up to the wire and announcing it on the UEFA deadline. He clearly struggled with his decisions leaving some top players licking their wounds at having not been selected.

If you’ve faced rejection in your working life you’ll understand just how tough it can be. Not getting picked for the first team, not getting the dream job that you’ve interviewed for, or not securing that promotion you’ve longed for, could in fact be the making of you.

Here are some things to remember and to help you cope with missing out.

Sometimes you are simply not right for the job
Regardless of how exceptionally skilled you might be or how well you have researched the company and prepared for the interview, not everyone can be selected.

Take on board the feedback
There could be a multitude of reasons you don’t get a job or that you’re just not ready for that promotion. Always request client feedback, which you should take on board and action accordingly. Positive thinking is sure to help in your recovery process as you pick yourself up and look to the future. There will always be something just as, or even more suitable for you around the corner.

Don’t focus on rejection
Take this time to assess your current role and focus on discovering any new and inspiring challenges that you can focus on for the time being. You could explore professional development opportunities to make your CV shine even brighter, to help you ace that interview in the future. Or why not try expanding your professional network via LinkedIn, or look for industry networking opportunities. Becoming a familiar face in the industry will stand you in even greater stead in the future as roles open up.

Further education
You could join an industry-specific professional body for further learning opportunities and best practice sharing, sure to stimulate your interests and enhance your skills. If you are seen to be an active employee seeking to enhance and enrich your working life, again this will only be beneficial in the future.

Not getting picked may be devastating, but remember, there’s always next season to aim for.