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Job Rejections – Why you were rejected & what to do next

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Looking for a new language job? Perhaps you are looking into working abroad? You’ve probably sent many CV applications and been lucky enough to receive an interview request. Did the job seem great? Were the people nice and did the Interview go well? Did you think that this job would be perfect for you and you would be perfect for the job? You think this will be it and then you get the rejection letter? ARGH!  I think we all know how disappointing this is!

We’ve all been there. Getting rejected from a job makes you question yourself and brings up the question why they didn’t hire you. There are a couple of reasons why you got rejected - and a lot of the times they don’t even have anything to do with you.

Why you were rejected:

First of all, if you made it to the final round it obviously means that you have the right qualifications and made a good first impression. So you can be sure that you are doing a lot of things right in your job search! Keep up the good work!

It doesn’t mean you weren’t right for the job, it just means that they felt that someone else was a better fit for them. You don’t know how hard the decision was and what the deal-breaker was. They had to make a decision and unfortunately they went with someone else.

This decision might have been based on something that has nothing to do with you. The other candidate might have been referred or he had great references or the hiring manager just simply felt like he had a better “chemistry” with the other candidate. These are all things you can’t influence so don’t let this rejection destroy your confidence and keep going because it happens to everyone at some point.

What to do after receiving the rejection letter

Even though you received the rejection letter this doesn’t mean all future job opportunities are off the table. If you really liked the company, the managers and the job offer, you can still get the chance to get one foot in the company by writing a “Thank you” letter. What? A “Thank you” letter for a rejection? Yes!

A “Thank you” letter is relatively rare today and by sending one you can leave a good impression for the hiring managers and might increase your chances to get hired next time. Remember, this will only take you a few minutes and for a possible job opportunity this should be worth your time.

In the letter you can thank them for the opportunity and ask them to stay in touch for possible future jobs. Now that they know you, they might consider you for another job instead of going through the whole process of finding a new person. It’s a win-win situation because you can get the job and they will save a lot of time and money.

You can also ask them for feedback about the interview. If they give you some insight you can learn a lot. Use this information to prepare even better for future interviews.

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