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Why You Should Say 'Thank You' For Being Rejected

July 17th, 2018

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You just got the dreaded email saying you didn't get the job. Now what?

Write a thank you letter to the hiring manager who didn't pick you.

That may be the last thing you want to do. But it's also the last thing that manager will expect.

Why would you do such a thing, when your first reaction might be to do just the opposite? First of all, it's classy and gracious and memorable. When you consider that practically no one ever says thank you for being rejected, you are going to stand out in a way that even the winning candidate won't.

There's another reason for sending a thank you: It will cause you to be remembered in a remarkably positive way.

Choosing between two finalists for a job so often comes down to essentially an emotional flip of the coin. So when the hiring manager gets your note -- and also send one to the recruiter you worked with -- they may wonder if they picked the right person.

As is happening more and more, the successful candidate may change their mind, or not show up or quit after only a few weeks or just not work out. Who do you think is going to be the first person to be called? You, of course. Which will put you in a powerful position to negotiate a higher offer and benefits.

And all because you took 15 minutes to do what almost no one ever does: Thank someone for rejecting you.

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