The hardest part about applying for a new job is the possibility of rejection. Employers receive many applications and interview a handful of prospective candidates, choosing only one individual for the opening. It is almost inevitable you will receive a rejection letter sometime during your job hunt. However, you can turn that employer rejection into a valuable learning experience by crafting a professionally written response letter, requesting feedback about your application, resume and interview.
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Prepare a prepaid, self-addressed return envelope. You will enclose this with your letter.
Draft a professional letter in business format. Keep the letter short and direct.
Write how you were disappointed to learn you were not selected for the job opening. Include how you are interested in applying and interviewing for future positions with the company.
Ask for additional feedback. Make this request in one of the last paragraphs of your response letter. This tactic is especially helpful if you received a generic form letter that the employer sends to all turned-down applicants.
Draw special attention in your letter to the fact that you have included a prepaid envelope for the employer's reply. This indicates your sincerity in asking for feedback.
Mail the letter and wait for the employer's response.
Tips and warnings
- Make a copy of your letter for your records.
- Give the company two to three weeks to respond to your letter. If you do not receive a reply, send your letter one more time.
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