Post # 1
So I guess it’s inevitable that in the job search, there will be rejection, especially in the economy we’re in now. But the question is, what do you do after you get the rejection letter?
Is it normal to respond with a “thank you for taking the time to consider me” note? Clearly, communicating your disappointment isn’t going to get you the job that was offered to someone else, but it just seems right thing to do especially if you really wanted to work for that company.
Do you offer yourself up as an intern/volunteer without sounding desperate (is that even possible?) just to get your food in the door?
Or do you just leave it, as is?
Any HR bees out there with advice? Or anyone with experience in the job search?
Post # 3
I’ve gotten “Thank you for considering me” notes from applicants before, and I always think it’s very nice. Plus, I like to attach those notes to any future applications they put in so that the hiring manager can see what a polite person he/she is.
I think it would be ok to inquire about other open positions at the company. You could always ask the HR rep/hiring manager if there are any other positions they are hiring for or any that might open up on the future. And then, just follow up and stay in contact with that company if you really want to work there. I’ve made recommendations before for applicants if i think they would be great employees and really fit in here. It can be really helpful to have a contact inside the company that can keep you informed of opportunities and talk you up to the hiring managers.
Post # 4
@Mrs. Spring:Thanks for that.
I don’t recommend asking for an unpaid internship unless you are really willing to do that. You may want to do that in a separate letter.
Post # 5
I have always sent thank you letters. I send them after the interview to thank them for interviewing and also to express how interested I am in the position, or if I’m not interested in the position, I let them know that the position itself was not quite right for me but that I’d like to be considered for other positions. If I get a rejection, I send a note thanking them for their consideration and express my interest in being considered for other positions. I’ve also been known to send a note when I’ve been asked to an interview if there is time enough to do so, sometimes that one ends up being an email.
Post # 6
Thanks for the input everyone! Such a huge help!!
@ Mrs. Spring – I’m so glad that someone keeps track of thank you notes. I really was expecting someone to tell me that they are all just tossed away.
I was thinking of responding to the email rejection with a thank you, but also following up with a note of thanks and a sincere offer of my time as an intern. Any thoughts on that?
Post # 7
@Violet Violet: I’ve just left it. Though if the rejection comes after an interview, then ask for feedback.
Post # 8
@Violet Violet: I think it would be fine to inquire about other opportunities, but offering yourself as an unpaid intern can come across as kinda… pushy. Maybe if you phrase it like, “I am really interested in working for your company. If you have any other open positions, including temporary positions or internships, I would be interested in applying.”
Post # 9
I write back saying than you and asking if there is anywhere that they see fit for me to improve.
Post # 10
Thanks again everyone. The feedback is great! Really helpful!