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Rejected from your dream job? Remember to say “Thank You”

Well, the dreaded word came today in a letter in the mail. You have been rejected for the position you so desperately wanted. But wait, it’s not the end of the world. None of us likes to be rejected, but just because you were turned down once does not mean that you cannot reapply in the future.

In fact, one way to show your continued interest and to let the employer know you can handle rejection is to respond personally to that rejection letter.

By responding to this letter, you will be remembered in a positive way as future openings do occur. It is the attention to the tiniest details that makes personnel managers take notice of an applicant. The response to the rejection letter is no exception.

Once you have responded to that rejection letter, resubmit your resume and letters again on a continuing basis until you have received another interview. Be sure to log all dates and any other pertinent information related to your own job search in your own personal job search file. As the old saying goes, the squeaky wheel does in fact get the grease, and there is nothing wrong with being aggressive as long as you remain professional in your approach.

The following letter is an illustration of a simple, to-the-point letter:

Joan G. Jobseeker
123 Any Street
Any Town, USA 12345
(123) 456-7890

Today’s Date

Mr. David Yader, Principal
Anytown High School
West Main Street
Anytown, USA 12345

Dear Mr. Yader,
I would like to thank you for responding to me with regard to my recent interview for the Elementary Art Teacher position.
Although I was not selected for the current opening, I feel certain you will agree that I am a well-qualified applicant who has excellent credentials and experience in the instructional field. In addition, I would hope that you can keep me in mind as other opportunities become available in the near future.
Again, it was a pleasure to meet and speak with you and I look forward to future consideration. Thank you for your attention in this matter.


Joan G. Jobseeker