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Updated: Jan 15, 2023

Nobody wishes to apply for a job and get rejected.

However, life happens, and humans face challenges every time.

In this article, you will learn how to use rejected applications to improve your job search.

Imagine you were fully qualified for that position.

You check your email more often as the days go by until the dreaded rejection email arrives with a short, two-sentence letter saying that your selection process cannot continue.

Know that no applicant or employee has ever been turned down in the history of the world.

You should put aside your anger or disappointment and use the fact that your application was turned down to learn how you can improve your interview skills and your job search as a whole.

Even if you're not sure you'll get a reply, sending an email asking for feedback is one of the best ways to respond to an application that was turned down.

Follow me through the 5 steps:

  1. Obtain helpful advice on how to enhance your job search process.

  2. You can learn new things about yourself.

  3. You display a willingness to grow and learn from a rejected application.

  4. Open the door to potential future outcomes.

  5. You can proceed with confidence knowing that you have given your all.

Obtain helpful advice on how to enhance your job search process.

Let's begin with the most glaring advantage. You can learn a lot about what you can do to improve for the next interview by soliciting criticism from those who aren't interested in hiring you.

Who knows, maybe you were the most qualified candidate for the job, but the interviewer just couldn't stand the way you kept shifting around in their chair.

There could be qualifications you neglected to mention in your profile.

Perhaps the person in charge didn't believe you were qualified for the role.

No matter what it is, you can now confidently go into your next interview with what you've learned.

You can learn new things about yourself.

After getting a rejection letter, it might be helpful to ask for feedback and find out something you didn't know before.

The interviewer doesn't care as much about how things turn out as your friends, mentors, or even your most loyal mother.

During that time, you'll likely receive some of the most insightful criticism.

You display a willingness to grow and learn from a rejected application.

Everyone has the capacity to receive constructive criticism.

But by reaching out and actively asking for feedback, you show that you are always trying to get better, learn, and grow.

Requesting feedback is one approach to leaving a favorable impression of oneself.

Open the door to potential future outcomes.

Although it can be difficult to overcome disappointment, there are other employment opportunities available.

Consider the possibility that the employer you interviewed with has another similar position available.

Who do you believe they will choose when they begin conducting interviews?

Will it be the one who did not even bother to send a brief email of gratitude after being rejected?

Most likely not.

On the other hand, someone who takes initiative and asks for feedback is more likely to be rehired for a new job.

Remember to play all your cards until the very end!

You can proceed with confidence knowing that you have given your all.

To minimize potential lawsuits, some businesses maintain a stringent "no feedback" policy. As a result, you may not receive a response to your request for information.

However, it's still worth a shot, and in this situation, you can rest assured that you've done everything possible.

Rejection is never fun, and asking for ideas or advice might feel embarrassing. But it is also a crucial period of development. So, set your fears aside and remain open to constructive criticism. You might learn something useful that will help you get your next job.

Finally, here is an example of how to respond to a rejection email.

Dear Mr. X,

Thank you for the update. It was indeed a pleasure meeting you, and I appreciate the opportunity to get to know Bavarde Talent Solutions better.

Please tell me what you thought about my interview and my qualifications in general.

I will appreciate this, as I am looking for new ideas to improve myself while I continue my job search.

Thank you for your favorable response.

Yours faithfully

(Your Name)

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