Applying for jobs can be daunting: You edit your resume, you write cover letters, apply, then wait. Finally you get a call back, have a seemingly great interview … but ultimately you don’t get the job.
Then your mind begins to race… “Was it something I did? Something I said? Did I not articulate my experience clearly? Should I have worn the pantsuit!?!?”
Instead of wondering what could have gone better, you should ask what could have gone better.
Follow up with the interviewer, hiring manager or recruiter to learn more about your candidacy and identify development points. This provides an opportunity for you to discover your “hiring blind spots” and proves to the employer who passed on you … that you’re someone to keep an eye on.
Customize the template I’ve created for you (below), and turn this bummer into a learning opportunity.
Keep at it,
Suggested subject line: [Your Name]: Quick question?
Hi [Contact Name],
Thank you for considering my application for [Job Title] at [Company Name].
While I understand that I was not your choice to fill the position, I remain interested in improving my resume, interviewing skills, and learning from the experience.
Would you please respond with two specific areas where I could improve or make myself stronger as a job candidate?
Thank you in advance for your honest feedback.
[Your Email Address]
[Your Phone Number]
Monster.com spokesperson Josh Shipp is the host of Jump Shipp, a documentary TV series offering individuals a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live out their dreams. His book, ‘Jump Ship: Ditch Your Dead-End Job and Turn Your Passion into a Profession‘ will be released Dec. 3. He’s an award-winning entrepreneur named to Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list and is the founder of Youth Speaker University. He has contributed to MTV, CNN, 20/20, Good Morning America, The New York Times, and Oprah.com. Visit his Web site at JoshShipp.com.