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What to do in the face of rejection?


Under the best of circumstances, you will probably receive more rejection letters than invitations to a job interview. Rejections don't have to be seen as final, however. If you remain interested in that firm, there are two approaches you can take following a rejection letter.


Write to another manager in the firm. For example, if you received a "no thank-you" from the chief financial officer, you could write to the controller.


Send a follow-up letter indicating continued interest.


Here is an example of a follow-up to a rejection letter.


A letter like this takes only a few minutes to write. Although the probability of success is slim, a follow-up letter will enhance your prospects more than no response at all.


A live job lead


Through your networking activities, you may discover a job opening that is not advertised in the newspaper or trade publication. It is likely you will hear about such a situation because your acquaintance knows about it from the direct hiring manager.


What an opportunity! A l.ive job lead with a personal referral


When following up on such an opportunity, always begin your letter by mentioning the individual who informed you of the job. And always be sure to follow up with a thank-you to your contact. Expressing appreciation for such leads is one way to keep them coming.


The job fair


One interesting source of job leads is the job fair. Typically, this refers to a situation where representatives of a large number of firms come together in one place to meet prospective new employees. Sometimes a job fair is sponsored by a single firm that has a large number of openings to fill, In either case, you will have the opportunity to meet one or more potential employers, but probably only for a short period of time. Although your resume will gladly be accepted, the thinking job-seeker doesn't leave things at that. Take a business card from each representative of interest to you and immediately follow through with a letter.


Good cover letters should result in obtaining good job interview opportunities. After your interview, I recommend sending a thank-you letter to the person you met. There are two reasons: First, it's the courteous thing to do. And secondly, it's smart. Your thank-you letter demonstrates good business etiquette and communicates your continued interest in the job. Your thank-you letter might look like a good one.


The text is designed to remind the recipient of your meeting, to express continued interest and to recall a part of the interview you feel went especially well.


It is most effective to mail your thank-you letter within a day of your interview. If you interviewed with more than one individual, try to send a short thank-you to each person. Using our principle of modular construction, you could change the sentence that reflects your discussion with the particular individual being addressed. The last sentence might also be changed to "I hope we will have an opportunity to work together."


Some people maintain contact with the interviewer even after their thank-you letter is in the mail. After all, several weeks may pass before the firm decides what step it wants to take next-such as inviting you for another stage of interviews or politely expressing a lack of continued interest. Certainly a phone call seven to 10 days after the interview to express your interest is one possibility. But what about another letter?


I suggest writing a follow-up thank-you letter when some job-related event has occurred that you could call to the interviewer's attention.


A simple, short letter of this type can't hurt you and may go a long way toward helping you. It keeps your name in front of your interviewer without making you seem like a pest

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