If you’ve applied for a job and haven’t made the cut, you’re in exceptional company. So don’t let a job rejection stop you in your tracks. Let’s identify some lessons from and responses to career setbacks that make sense when you consider:
Employers don’t like to give reasons for their decisions, and that’s nothing new. Even the earliest rejection letters kept it awfully vague. Your efforts don’t fit with our plans. You’re not ready yet. Your work is not quite compelling enough.
And always, we wish you the best and thank you for your interest.
Surely, that closing must have greatly softened the blow.
In reality, of course, this is all enormously frustrating for those applicants. You’ve put yourself out there. You’ve sweated over this application and given it your all. You deserve some feedback, but you get none, not even the courtesy of a personal explanation, just “NO.”
You’re absolutely right. You DO deserve feedback. U.S. New & World Report, which publishes reams of career advice, agrees and thinks you should ask for it.
It’s your turn to say “No,” as this is just plain wrong, and it’s wrong in the worst possible way. A demand for feedback can actually do more harm than good.
Here’s how that happens, and, because your real goal is to keep doors open, how to manage the situation properly:
As difficult as it is, there’s a benefit to getting as far as you did. You now know that small changes can make a very big difference, and you don’t have to start from scratch. You didn’t accomplish your goal, but you know what needs work.
Seen in that light, there’s reason to send them your thanks – even if “grateful” is last on the list of what you’re feeling when you get the news.
Originally Posted On: Linked IN By: Paul Freiberger
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