Reapplying After Job Rejection

Learn from your job rejections.
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Job rejections can be extremely disappointing, especially when the rejection is for a job you want. According to "U.S. News & World Report," the most common reasons for rejection include multiple qualified candidates, the hiring manager may think your personality is not a good fit or the hiring manager makes mistakes. Your resume may have also been screened for the job's keywords, which you didn’t have. If you still think you're a good fit for the position, you can reapply.


    Chances are if you're reapplying for a job after rejection, you have already spoken to a recruiter or someone in human resources in the past. Contact this person and let her know you will be reapplying for the position. If the company is still interested, it will be waiting for your resume. You may also find an inside contact in the company to recommend you. According to "Forbes," one of the most effective ways to get to the top of the resume pile is by finding someone within the company to recommend you.


    Analyze the job description. Look for keywords in it that identify what skills they're looking for to fit the position. Applicant tracking systems, or ATS, help prescreen applicants for a job using keywords and phrases. When you submit your resume electronically, many companies will run it through the ATS to see if it matches up with the correct keywords and phrases. Locate these words before you submit your application again.


    Revamp your resume using the keywords. According to The Ladders, a job-matching service for professionals, you should tweak your executive summaries and bulleted lists of key skills and achievements to include these keywords and phrases. In most cases, this is enough to get your resume added to the candidate pool when a recruiter initially goes over your resume. If the keyword is "account reconciliation," include this in your list of skills if you have experience in this area.

Cover Letter

    Rewrite your cover letter before you submit your resume. According to the Wall Street Journal Executive Career Site, the worst thing that could happen is the same recruiter reads the original cover letter a second time. Write a new letter explaining you previously applied and you still want the job. Highlight any new skills that you acquired since the last time you applied and explain why you feel you are the best candidate.

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