You’ve received the dreaded “thank-you-for-your-interest-but…” letter, and you really wanted that job. Maybe you were the number 2 or number 3 candidate.
Close, but no cigar. Dang!
What now? Move on to the next opportunity, right? Of course. But first…
Try turning that rejection letter on its head! Convert it into an opportunity. Maybe.
Send a Thank You Note
Hopefully you wrote thank you notes to the interviewers after the job interviews. (Right?) So, IF you really liked the people and the organization and would want to be considered when another opportunity opens there, send a nice thank you note to the hiring manager, the recruiter, and everyone else who was in the interview process.
A Thank You Note? For a Rejection? Yes!
At this point, what do you really have to lose?
They’ve already offered the job to someone else and probably gotten an acceptance. But that person may change their mind and never start the job. Or that person may take the job but prove to be unsatisfactory. It happens more often than you think.