What To Do When You Don’t Get The Job

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You’ve done everything right. You sent in your resume and cover letter. You got the interview. Maybe you even got a second interview, or a third. You’re pretty sure you nailed it. You’re feeling confident. You’re positive that you got the job.

But – what happens when you don’t?

In an instant you’ll go from:

to:

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It’s a disappointing, sometimes heart wrenching moment. After all the hard work you put in to your application and interview process, you still didn’t get it. Where do you go from here? What in the world do you do now?

Maybe you got an email from the recruiter or maybe you never hear back at all. However you find out, it doesn’t feel good.

Here’s the difficult, honest truth: you’re not going to get 50% of the jobs you apply to. And that’s okay.

This is not the time to give up hope. Instead, hold your head high and follow these go-to tips that show you what to do when you don’t get the job:

Follow-Up:

This is a bit of a step back, but if you haven’t heard back from a job that you interviewed for in over a week, it’s always a great idea to follow-up with them. That way, you can at least say you tried if you never hear back. There are always excuses to reach out.

Ask For Feedback:

If you do get an email informing you that you didn’t get the job, send the recruiter or hiring manager an email asking them for feedback about what you can do to improve for next time. Just like you want to get closure after a breakup, it’s great to closure from a job that you really wanted. More often than not, the hiring manager will give you tips on how you can ace your next interview. Sometimes, they’ll even tell you that it had nothing to do with you and that you just weren’t the right fit. This is a great way to make yourself feel more confident about yourself and get enough closure to pick yourself up and move on.

Keep In Touch

A great way to move forward with the job hunt is by keeping connections, regardless of if it didn’t work out right now.

  • Connect with the hiring manager and recruiter on LinkedIn (send a custom message)
  • Shoot everyone you met with an email telling them “thank you” for their time and ask them to keep your resume on file in case a future position opens up
  • Follow the company on Twitter, LinkedIn, and sign up for any email list they have
  • If you had a really great connection with someone who you interviewed with, invite them to coffee after a month or two to reconnect
  • Know that once you connect with who you met in the process on social media, every one of your posts is a way of following up

Hiring managers appreciate thank you notes more than you realize. Just by doing something as simple as saying “thank you,” you’ll keep yourself ahead of the game and they’ll keep you in mind for the future.

Don’t Get Discouraged

We know it’s easier said than done, but don’t let rejection get the best of you. Everything happens for a reason and once you do find that “perfect fit” you’ll be thankful that you didn’t accept that other job. Breathe and believe in yourself.

Keep Moving Forward

Just like you can’t let yourself get discouraged, you can’t let yourself give up completely, either. Keep applying for jobs. Go to networking events. Send your resume out at rapid fire (well, make sure you take the time to customize them). Throw yourself completely into applications and your hard work will eventually pay off.

The right job is out there waiting for you. You just have to keep searching for it.

Wrapping up your summer internship? Come celebrate at our event exclusively for interns, Summer Internship Wrap Up Party & Workshop, on August 4th at 6pm EST. Connect with other interns and learn about what you should do next. Nab your ticket here: findspark.com/event/intern-summer-wrap-up

 

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