You might think the best way to improve your applications is to learn from the feedback employers give you when you are unsuccessful. However, the quality and timing of such feedback varies widely and often there isn’t any. The reasons vary: laziness, saving time and money, minimizing the risk of legal action over discrimination. When you do get feedback, it is often weeks or months after the application, around the time that the chosen candidate has safely started work and before applying for other positions.
âThank you letters and emailsâ
A short thank you letter is an ideal way to indicate that you want to maintain contact with an employer or employment people. You thank them for considering your application and add that you want to be considered for any future positions. The presence of your thank you letter in the file can mean you get a call ahead of other previously rejected applicants.
âKeeping it realâ
Donât take the company’s rejection personally. Put yourself in the shoes of the employer or assessor and imagine that you had to decide between 20 applicants who could all do the job. You and 18 others basically made the grade as well, but it’s not a club you are joining.
In the vast majority of cases, the basis for rejection is not because an employer thinks the candidate are bad or have nothing to offer. The decision could swing on a single factor, large or small.