What To Do When You Don’t Get The Job

Applying for a job can be daunting, but even more discouraging is not getting the job you were hoping for. Don’t let that feeling of disappointment and discouragement define your entire experience.


Here are 10 things you can do when you don’t get the job…

1. Reflect:

Take some time to reflect on your application, interview, and you in general. Think about what went right, mistakes you made, and areas where you maybe could have presented yourself better. Use this reflection as an opportunity to identify personal growth opportunities and gain valuable insights that will help in future applications and interviews.


2. Keep it Professional:

When responding to feedback from a potential employer, always be professional regardless of how difficult it may be. Showing respect will always be appreciated, and reflect positively on you as a candidate.


3. Ask for Feedback:

If you had an interview, ask the hiring manager or recruiter for feedback about your performance. This can provide valuable insights into areas in which you can improve and give you direction for future applications and interviews.


4. Connect with the Employer:

Take this time to connect with the employer beyond just getting the job. They may have other opportunities that come up that would match your interests better or maybe even serve as potential networking contacts down the road.


5. Expand Your Network:

Now is also an excellent opportunity to find ways to expand your professional network outside of just applying for jobs online. Look into attending professional meet-ups, joining a local chamber of commerce or industry association, and consider getting involved in other ways.


6. Sharpen Your Skills:

Use this extra time to sharpen your skills and increase your value as an employee. Consider taking a class online or at a local college/university, volunteering for projects that will give you valuable experience, reading books related to the field you are pursuing, and staying up to date with current industry trends.


7. Remain Positive:

Even though it may be difficult to remain positive when turned down for a job you wanted, it is important not to lose heart and maintain an optimistic outlook despite the rejection. Always remember that there are more opportunities out there just around the corner.


8. Follow-Up:

If you had an interview, follow up with the hiring manager or recruiter with a thank you note expressing your appreciation for their time and consideration. This is also a great opportunity to mention any other qualifications that may have been overlooked in the interview process.


9. Reevaluate Your Search:

Take some time to reevaluate your job search when you don’t get the job. Consider revising your resume, refining your interviewing skills, changing up how you find jobs online…etc.


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