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SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH Part 3: No offer? No problem!

SUPERCHARGE YOUR JOB SEARCH Part 3: No offer? No problem!

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20 Dec, 2018

Want to find your ideal job? Need to be able to prepare an excellent CV, answer tough interview questions and impress prospective employers? Lynn Williams, author of Ultimate Job Search, is on hand some more useful advice to power up your job search …

A ‘one-stop shop’ for all job hunters, the new 5th edition of Ultimate Job Search aims to take the stress out of what can be a daunting process, providing advice on every stage of the process, from preparing a powerful CV that will get you noticed, via sample cover letters and emails that come across as genuine, and making a great impression at interviews, to dealing with offers and rejection in a positive manner. 

Part of the best-selling Ultimate series published by Kogan Page, the guidance in this book will help you to shine and demonstrate to future employers that you’re the person for the job. With an exhaustive breadth of detail and real-life up-to-date comments from employers and recruitment professionals, Ultimate Job Search is invaluable to anyone looking to get their dream job at any stage of their career.

In this third and final part of our short series, we’re pleased to present another extract from the new edition. If you like what you read, find out below how to order a copy … with a special discount for Quest readers!

If the organisation doesn’t make you an offer

There could be several reasons that you weren’t selected this time:

  • the interviewer didn’t believe you had the skills or experience needed in the job
  • you didn’t convince the interviewer you understood what the job required
  • he or she didn’t think you had the personal qualities needed in the job.

The interviewer might be entirely wrong, of course, but, like it or not, that’s what he or she believes. Next time, make sure there’s no way they can overlook your suitability.

Before your next interview …

Make sure that you:

  • know exactly what the job entails (use the job ad, the job description and any other information you can get)
  • have the competencies required
  • can give examples of how, when and where you have demonstrated these in practice
  • can present these examples confidently and enthusiastically
  • display in your appearance and behaviour the personal qualities the organization wants.

Overcome your disappointment and reply to the rejection letter. By doing so, you maintain a good impression and remind the organisation that you are still interested in the position.

If you liked the job and felt the company was a good place to work, keep in contact. A similar job might come up soon, and the maturity and enthusiasm you’ve displayed might put you in a strong position.

 

Example post-rejection letter

            First line of your address
            Second line of your address
            Third line of your address
            Postcode
            
            Telephone number
            Email address

Date

Name of interviewer
Position
Company name
Address line one
Address line two
Address line three

Dear [Mr/Mrs/Ms Name]

Thank you for your letter of [date]. Although I am naturally disappointed at not being chosen for the position of [what it was], I would like to thank you for taking the time to consider my application.

What I saw of the company at the interview interested me greatly, and I would still welcome an opportunity to work for you. Consequently, I am asking you to keep my name and details on file for consideration should another vacancy arise.

Yours sincerely
Your signed name
Your typed name

If you are still interested after six months or so, contact the organisation again by letter or email. Even if there isn’t a vacancy, your interviewer may know of something in another department or branch, for example, and let you know about it.

 

Example post-rejection letter


            First line of your address
            Second line of your address
            Third line of your address
            Postcode
            
            Telephone number
            Email address

Date

Name of interviewer
Position
Company name
Address line one
Address line two
Address line three

Dear [Mr/Mrs/Ms Name]

You may remember interviewing me for the post of [what you were interviewed for] on [the date of the interview].

Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful on that occasion, so I am writing to you again to see if any opportunities have arisen in the meantime. Although I was disappointed at not being chosen for the post, I was very interested in what I saw of the company at the interview and would still like the chance to work for you.

I am [remind the recipient what you do], with a sound background in [remind him or her what your background is] and many/several/some years’ experience of [your experience that will benefit the company]. Since our last meeting, I have [tell him or her about any skills, qualifications or experience you have gained in the meantime].

I believe I have skills and experience that fit well with your need for first-rate staff [for example], and I believe I could make a valuable contribution to [the company/ organisation/department/team, etc.].

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely
Your signed name
Your typed name

 

Keep applying

Send out as many CVs as you can and get as much interview experience as possible. The more you do, the more confident you get. Don’t wait for the result of one application before applying for another; keep the momentum up. It’s much easier to shrug off a rejection if you have another interview arranged and five or six applications in the post.

Between interviews, look over your notes and review your performance to see if there’s anything you could do better, or areas you could work on. Practise with friends or colleagues and get their feedback.

ABOUT THE SERIES
The Ultimate series contains practical advice on essential job search skills to give you the best chance of getting the job you want. Taking you all the way from starting your job search to completing an interview, it includes guidance on CV or résumé and cover letter writing, practice questions for passing aptitude, psychometric and other employment tests, and reliable advice for interviews.

If the organisation makes you an offer

Congratulations: all your hard work, research and practising has paid off. Now you have to decide whether:

  • you want the job
  • you want the job subject to negotiation
  • you want the job if you don’t get a better offer
  • you don’t want the job.

If you definitely don’t want the job, tell the organisation at once so it can offer it to someone else. If you are undecided, don’t wait until you have made a decision, but get in touch at once. Be enthusiastic and positive, but ask if you can have a couple of days to consider. Weigh up the pros and cons of your current job and decide whether you want to stay, and at what price. Do the same with the job you have been offered. Is it worth accepting as it stands?

Contact anyone who has interviewed you recently but not yet made an offer. Explain the situation and ask if he or she has made a decision yet. The organisation should at least be able to tell you if you are in the running. If you have interviews coming up, make an informed guess about the outcome.

Weigh up the significance of the offer to you. An offer after your first interview is very different from one finally achieved after a dozen tries.

Get your copy! Special offer for Quest readers

Get invaluable advice on networking, CVs, cover letters, interviews, aptitude and personality tests, offers, rejections and follow-up letters with Ultimate Job Search by Lynn Williams, published by Kogan Page, price £14.99

Use the discount code QUEST20 for 20% off the book when buying direct from the publisher, as well as free delivery to the UK and USA. Find out more at www.koganpage.com/UltimateJobSearch

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lynn Williams is a career counsellor and trainer who runs workshops on CV writing and interview techniques, and writes regularly on job search and career issues. She is author of bestselling titles Ultimate Interview, Readymade CV and Readymade Job Search Letters (all published by Kogan Page).

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