How to Respond to an Employment Rejection Letter

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You didn't get the job -- or at least that's what you think right now. When you get a job rejection letter, don't give up. Instead, look for ways to change the employer's mind -- or, at the very least, to think of you again when another job comes up.

When You're Given a Reason

  • It's customary to send a thank-you note to any employers with whom you interview. What's better, though, is an "influence letter," says career coach Robert Hellmann in an article in Forbes. At the start of the letter, thank the employer for the opportunity to interview with the organization. Next, work to change the employer's thinking about your candidacy. The rejection letter you got might include a reason for your rejection. Use that information to refute the reason. For example, if the employer said it is looking for candidates with more experience in a certain skill set, mention any relevant experience you have that didn't come up during the interview. Or, say how you're taking classes or studying to gain more expertise. Next, tell the employer once again that you'd be thrilled to work with her anytime.

When You Don't Get a Reason

  • If the employer didn't give any reasons, ask for them. State that you're looking for ways to make yourself a better candidate next time, and then ask her for help. Provide your email address, or name a time during which you're available to discuss it over the phone. You might not get that call, but at the very least the employer will know you're motivated to succeed. This will make you stick out in her mind the next time a position comes open.

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