What to do when you receive a job rejection email


Thank you for your interest in the role. While it was a very difficult decision, we’ve decided to move forward with another candidate…”

If you're like me, getting these kinds of emails may leave you like 👇🏽

In Kenya, it always seems like when you send out the applications, you get no response on 98% of them. The 1.5% will be regrets and 0.5% well, they will be looking all positive but at the end you’ll find that you were “zindikiza-ing” someone to the job.

Unfortunately, rejections are part of life. For some reason, when looking for a job, it hits hard because there is the usual financial attachment, castles built in the sky and all...

"Nikiwai hii job nitakuwa nimekafunga ata nitabuy ndai in one year."

Or the more spiritual approach-:

"God please help me get this job. Aki nitatoa fungu la kumi kila month on time ukinijenga."

When you and I receive a rejection email, the first thing we do is send them straight to the archive. Moving on swiftly to the next one and forgetting it ever happened.

Don't do this!

You can absolutely turn the situation into something positive and beneficial to your career. Turning L's into W's.

Why you should respond to a rejection email

Don’t take rejection personally: It may sound a tad harsh but you're not the first and certainly wont be the last. It’s common for candidates to feel annoyed when they receive a rejection email. But, it's important to remember that with the current economic downturn, it's an expected part of the job hunt. Always keep in mind that the company is not rejecting you as a person. They’re simply saying that they’ve decided to move forward with someone else.

What to respond

1) As an unsuccessful candidate, reach out and ask for feedback: It’s a great idea to reach out and ask for feedback from a recruiter or hiring manager. If you know why you were rejected, you can make sure to avoid making the same mistakes in future interviews.

2) Say thank you: While you may not have landed the job, sending a polite thank-you for the interviewer and recruiters time is always a nice thing to do. Plus, in the off chance the employer's first choice falls through, you'll create a positive impression and may even end up being contacted later for future opportunities.

4) Build a relationship: Stay in touch with the people you met during the interview process. The recruiters, hiring managers and interviewers are all potential business contacts in the field or industry you're in (or want to work in). Connect with them on LinkedIn, email them occasionally and build your network.

Remember this - if you have had one or more interviews, you likely were an excellent candidate that was worth interviewing, but just missed out on the job. You're someone the hiring manager wants to keep in touch with! In fact, they may even contact you down the road when they're looking to hire again or help you get connected with another company. It's definitely not all doom and gloom. After all, Michael Jordan was cut by his high team when he was 15, look at where he is now. A cigar loving billionaire who built his empire on basketball. He used rejection as a motivator and well, his story is known far and wide.

Be like Mike...!

...and don't forget to stay awesome!