What is your fist instinct when you are declined for a job?  To walk away in disgust, right?  But, what if you did not walk away when rejected for a job?  Instead, it is important that you develop a relationship with the company, for these reasons:

  • Just because you were not the perfect fit for the current job, does not mean that you might not be perfect for a future job opening. This is the perfect reason to stay in touch with the company and the hiring manager.  Develop a relationship, so they get to know you, your personality, and your skill set.  This will keep you active on their candidate list.
  • Staying in contact with prior companies that you have interviewed with is a great way to network. Again, building a relationship with these people can benefit you when an opening becomes available.  Maybe not in their company, but for someone else they know.
  • When you stay in touch with companies you have interviewed with, you might be asked to work on a short-term project, or do some consulting. Your specific skill set will be thought of when special circumstances arise.
  • You might find that you build a relationship with a hiring manager and become great friends and network buddies. Not only will you learn more about the company through this relationship, but the person as well.  What a great way to meet new people.

The next time you are passed over for the job, do not get upset and walk away.  Instead, embrace the chance to meet new people, build some relationships, network, and perhaps get your foot in the door for the next opportunity.

You have probably heard the expression, “there is always a silver lining.”  When you are rejected, remember there is a silver lining in that rejection!

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