It is difficult to stay upbeat when the pile of rejection letters from potential employers grows by the week. But Nomawabo May, of the student advisory department at private distance learning college Oxbridge Academy, says there are ways to improve your chances of success. And very few people can claim they've never been rejected for a job. She has the following advice: • Before sending out your applications, ask someone to check them and give you advice on how to sell yourself better; It takes courage, but ask the people who turned you down why they did. This can give you some useful information to fare better next time; • You may be exhausted by the rejections, but now is not the time to rest. Keep working at finding work, even during the December holidays; If your research has revealed some gaps in your skills, sign up for a short course that will fill that hole; and • "Sometimes, searching for work is work in itself, and, ultimately, successful candidates should treat the proces...

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