How to Respond to Being Rejected for a Job

Being rejected for a job you wanted can be discouraging.
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If you don't get a job you wanted, your emotions may run the gamut, from sad to angry to depressed, but time and a pint of your favorite ice cream can help ease the pain. Resist the urge to fire off a nasty e-mail to the hiring manager, learn what you can from the situation and move on to your next job pursuit.

    Step 1

    Read your rejection letter carefully, then set it aside. Allow yourself to be upset for a day or two. Work out your emotions in whatever way is most effective for you -- exercising, watching chick flicks with your best gal pal or retail therapy, for example.

    Step 2

    Respond to the rejection by writing a brief, professional letter to the hiring officer or recruiter. Tell him that you are disappointed by the decision, but you appreciate his time and consideration. Instead of getting bogged down in trying to figure out exactly why you didn't get the job, ask him for recommendations about things you can do to make yourself a better candidate for other positions.

    Step 3

    Close your letter by saying you hope he'll keep your information on file for future openings with his company, or perhaps share your resume with colleagues in other firms that might be hiring. Keep it professional so you don't burn any bridges with someone you might want as a reference or networking connection in the future.

    Step 4

    Apply the advice the manager gives you, if it's relevant, to your next job application or interview. Work on improving your skills, keep putting yourself out there at job fairs or networking events and don't give up on finding a job.

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