Did you find out you weren’t selected for the job you interviewed for? Don’t despair. Here are some clever next steps that might get your foot in the door after all.
Interviewers will be shocked to see a thank you note from someone who they didn’t hire. They will also be impressed. Most people who don’t get the job move on quickly. You, however, took the time to send them a handwritten thank you note. This gesture will make you stand heads above anyone else that was interviewed.
In your thank you note, indicate your continued interest in working for the company in any relevant position that may come up in the future. This will communicate to the interviewer that you weren’t kidding when you said you wanted to work at that company. They will remember you if any other openings occur that you might be suited for. They may even contact you before the position is advertised.
Give the interviewer a phone call a month later. Ask how their new hire is doing, and inquire as to any new openings at the company. The interviewer will be really impressed by your proactive attitude, and your reluctance to take no for an answer. Your name will come up first if they do have any job openings.
If you can’t get hired for the job you want, you may still be able to get your foot in the door by applying for a lower position. Consider applying for an assistant’s job, where you will be in contact with important decision-makers in the company. You can impress your bosses and work your way up through the system over time.
Don’t just walk away from a company if you don’t get hired. Persistence pays off when it comes to job hunting.