Surviving The Dreaded “We Decided to go in Another Direction”

You hype yourself up, pour your heart out into your portfolio and know you have what it takes to get the job. You turn in your application and wait…..Finally you receive a response. “Thank you for your time but we have decided to go in another direction.”

Let’s face it, this is a companies polite way of saying you did not have what they were looking for. With all of the demands for political correctness and not hurting feelings, this is what a rejection letter has come down to. The funny thing about these types of rejections is that I would rather not work for a company that is going to turn their business around and go in a different path, rather than hire me.

Okay, let’s be serious, this type of rejection while it stings is hurting future generations more than it is helping. I understand not wanting to hurt feelings and not wanting to cause problems, but who does this help. If you are going to turn someone down, it is better that you tell them why. After all, how is someone supposed to improve what they do not know is wrong?

While the sting of that rejection letter or call hurts, you need to use it to figure out what went wrong. Think about the interview process and use the rejection, (because we all know that is what it is) to your benefit. Figure out which part of your presentation was off and make it better next time. Polish your resume, rehearse your answers to questions that will be asked, and do some research into what your prospective employer is looking for. It is easy to say, “I just wasn’t right for the job.” When what you need to be doing is asking “Why was I not right for the job?” So next time you can make changes and wow your way to where you want to be.

While it is easy to get discouraged by these set backs, if you use them to better yourself, then they serve a purpose. It is time to take another approach to rejection letters. They are not saying you are not a good candidate, you just were not the perfect candidate. That is what companies are looking for in today’s highly competitive markets. The only problem is, they never quite explain what that is. So ask. If you do not ask the person writing the note, then ask other professionals like them. Find a friend who works in that field or a mentor in the same business, or use the resources at your disposal. This is the age when “Google” knows all. Ask the questions, because unless you know where you are going wrong you will never be able to go right.

Leave the other direction behind you and always keep moving forward. Your perfect position is out there, you just need to be ready to go and get it.

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