Whether they say it with an impersonal email or a chipper phone call, rejection almost always stings. However, it’s a natural part of the job-seeking process for most people. While it’s normal to feel a little disappointed when you lose out on an exciting opportunity, candidates who stay depressed may struggle to land the next position that comes their way. Here are some tips on what to do (and not do) when you don’t get the job.

Stay Connected

Just because you didn’t get this job doesn’t mean the company won’t hire you for another position. If you received a “no,” think about sending the hiring manager a quick email. Thank them for the interview and ask to be considered for any jobs that crop up in the future. You can also comment on the company’s social media posts now and then to ensure you stay on their mind.

Learn From Your Mistakes

Not all hiring managers will tell you why they went another way. However, some are willing to offer candidates a little constructive criticism. If you get a rejection letter, consider sending a quick note thanking the interviewer for their time and asking if there’s anything you could do better the next time around. They might just provide valuable insight to help with your job search. 

Let Yourself Have Emotions

You shouldn’t let the job search get you down, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong to grieve for what you lost. If you missed out on a position you really wanted, indulge in a little self-care until you feel better. You may want to hit the gym or complain to a friend. You can start the job search again with a new and relaxed perspective.

Ready for a New Job? Contact HCR Personnel!

Are you trying to add some flexibility to your professional life? Maybe you want to find short-term or temp positions to earn some extra cash or land a full-time job worthy of your skill and experience. At HCR, we help job candidates find great career opportunities and ensure they start assignments prepared and ready to work. For more tips on landing your next job, visit our job board to start your search.


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