So you heard back from a company you applied to last month and they said "Thanks but no thanks" or "We have decided to go in another direction."
You were hoping "This was the one", but it turned out not to be.
How can you minimize the number of "no thanks" responses you are getting? And is it really "rejection" when they say "Thanks but no thanks"?
1) Stop job hunting using just job boards or company websites. Today, companies use their existing staff to find candidates, so network with them to "get nominated" instead of getting the "no thanks" email.
2) Network with those who work for companies that strongly interest you. That you have researched and vetted. You cannot possibly network into 25, 50 or 100 companies (who has that much time?!), so select your "top ten" and go after those. Then when you have learned about those 10, you will want to eliminate a few; this way, you can devote more time to getting into the companies you REALLY want. Yes, regardless of the state of the economy, YOU do the choosing!
3) Approach companies that interest you whether or not they have posted any openings. I have my clients use an "approach" letter instead of a resume, aimed at the hiring manager. See the link to the left to see a sample.
4) Know that if they do not know you yet, and what you have to offer, there can be no true "rejection". Instead, it's really a perceived lack of fit, or it may be you did not cite successes that are what they are looking for in the final candidate...but in most cases, they do not know you well enough yet to "reject" you. Your challenge is to communicate how you fit the job, in such things as your resume AND cover letter (yes, they DO get read). Simply put, they do not know enough about you to reject you!
And when it does happen that you don’t get the job, keep moving. Keep approaching, keep networking. Keep choosing to find the right fit for you, and you will.
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