What To Do If You Get a Job Rejection

What to Do If You Get a Job Rejection? 

by Alan J. McMillan | January 12, 2017 – Vault Article

As baseball Hall of Famer Connie Mack said, ‘You can’t win them all.’  But that does not lessen the sting of NO.

So what happens when you get a no? You were working with a recruiter, who ushered you into an opportunity. Perhaps they spoke so optimistically that you started to feel like this was nearly a done-deal. Then you get a rejection. Even if it wasn’t your #1 choice, you are still hurt, it stings, and you’re a bit pissed. Reject ME?

So What Is Your Next Move?

You must always stand out and gain advantage. Toward that end you need to follow up with a response that shows gratitude and respect that will serve YOU well over the long term. Remember, that recruiter is now a part of your professional network. From your dialogue to date and yes even this rejection, you have special opportunity to build your brand. Don’t blow this, its time to stand out!

I received your message today and I am disappointed that we will not get chance to work together. I want to say that I really appreciate the time you gave to me during the consideration process. I learned a lot from you and you are an excellent ambassador for your organization.

Fortunately, I have other opportunities that I am working on.  The future is a big place and I hope our paths cross again.  Let me know if I can ever be of any assistance to you. 

Again, thanks.


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