The Thank You Letter You Should Write
When You Get a Rejection Letter
You’ve done everything you needed to do to get the job you want. You’ve perfected your resume, practiced your interviewing skills and dressed
for success for the interview.
Yet, after all that, they hired someone else! It doesn’t even matter if they told you that you were their second choice. It still stings.
If you are like the vast majority of people, you will cross this company off your list of potential job opportunities and move on to the next. Which is fine. But what if you really liked the company and could see yourself working there?
If this is the case, then you are now presented with a golden opportunity to make a notable and lasting impression on the hiring manager, which could quite possibly land you a job with them
in the future.
And all it takes is one short thank you letter. It’s the one you should write when you get your rejection letter.
You know the thank you letter you sent after the interview? The one where you expressed your appreciation for the time and courteousness of the hiring manager? You may have interviewed with several people; thereby forcing you to write a few letters. And yes, it took a little extra time to individualize the notes, but as you know by now, a proper thank you goes a long way.
Of course, if you’ve gotten a rejection letter, thanking anyone for it is probably the last thing on your mind. Why thank someone for something they didn’t do for you?
Because believe it or not, by writing to the people who signed your rejection letter, you will have a chance to put yourself in their mental spotlight, right up front in their minds, in a positive and possibly beneficial way.
Writing a thank you note for a rejection is quite the gracious thing to do. It is rarely done, which in itself helps you to stand out from the crowd. You want to be cordial enough in your letter that the hiring manager sits back and wonders whether or not he made the right choice.
So what do you say?
Send it only to the person or persons who actually signed your rejection letter. Don’t be afraid to express your disappointment in not getting the job. That’s only natural and human.
Since you don’t want to leave a bad taste in their mouths, after expressing your disappointment, go on to thank them for giving you the opportunity to interview in the first place. Mention that it was an honor to be interviewed and how glad you were to make it to the short list of those considered for the job. Then go on to let them know what you like about the company and/or the department for which you were interviewing.
Your closing paragraph is where you really get to shine by showing your graciousness. If you wish them success with their new hire, and then add that you hope you will be considered for any future position, you’ll leave on a high note in their minds.
Writing the thank you note for the job you didn’t get is a relatively quick and painless way to show your class and courteousness, which can only be a good thing in the long run. It might pay off in ways you can’t imagine.