We have goals, confidence and good intentions, but, sometimes, things don’t work out. We apply for jobs and go on interviews with the expectation (or at least the hope) of getting the job, but we don’t always get it.
The NonProfit Times ran a recent article, “8 Dos And Don’ts After a Job Rejection.” This got my attention because we rarely think about what to do—other than sulk; brush ourselves off, take a deep breath, and start all over again. (insert Nat King Cole tune here).
The author advises that you:
Give yourself enough time to get over the rejection, especially if it’s a new experience for you.
Ask for help from friends, family, or your job search counselor. See if any of these people can give you advice on how to position yourself for the most success in the job market.
Come up with a written schedule detailing the next steps in your job search.
Give your efforts the proper time before changing things. Filling out job applications for a week without any success is not necessarily a sign that you need to adjust your job search process.
Spend a lot of time on conversations that focus only on the negatives. This will only make you feel worse.
Hang around people who have given up on the job search.
Spend too much time watching the news. The economy is not exactly in the best shape right now, and hearing reports about it could demoralize you.
Assume you know everything. Searching for a job is an unpredictable process, and things can (and often will) happen that will take you by surprise.
These are all good and I’d add a few more…
Send a short, handwritten note to the decision maker, thanking them for their time and the opportunity to meet them and interview. Express gratitude and drop in your greatest strength/accomplishment as a reminder of who you are. Ask for future consideration should another opening occur.
You may never know about why they decided as they did, but you can analyze how to improve your performance. Do make notes to yourself of the questions they asked and your answers. How could you respond better, more concisely?
Bad mouth the company to friends or on social media. After all, this was a company for which you wanted to work—you just didn’t like their recent decision to not hire you. No need to burn bridges, since things change and you may be back there.
And finally, don’t give up!
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