Sometimes you just get a feeling in the interview. Everything seemed right. But days later, you get the news: They hired someone else. Some people have a hard time moving beyond the disappointment. Here’s how to move from rejection at one position to getting hired at another:
• Don’t take it personally. There can be a number of reasons why you didn’t get the job you wanted. Many times, it’s beyond your control. When an employer has a number of equally qualified candidates, they look for something that can tip the scale. Move on and focus on things you can change.
• Evaluate yourself. Be careful with your paper application. Always ask for two in case you make a mistake. Fill out every item completely.
• Let a friend look at your resume. Sometimes we have a hard time being objective about our own product.
• Look like someone who will fit in. Dress like people who work in your department.
• Ask about the company and job demonstrating that you already know a good bit about it.
• Personalize the conversation by telling about some special experience.
• Send a thank you letter.
Bob Lankard, former program manager at the state Job Center in Indiana, Pa., offers common-sense advice to help all levels of job seekers satisfy their employment ambitions.
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