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What to do when you don’t get the job

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By Eve Nicholas
Herald Columnist
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The hiring process can drag on for weeks or months. Even the most qualified candidates have to endure multiple screenings, interviews and reference checks. If you are eager to start a new job, the mind-numbing wait can feel like an eternity.
Of course, the employer has the right to extend the search process as long as they want. This is why it is critical to keep your job search going. Sure, the position could be the job of your dreams. And you may be one of the company's top choices. But if you need a job as soon as possible, you can't sit back on your haunches and let time pass while a single, slow-moving employer determines your fate.
It's true that some businesses take their time in evaluating candidates to ensure that they pick the best candidate for the role. They are committed to building a productive team, and they are willing to take as many weeks or months as they need to find the right person. This is a good thing.
Other organizations are less deliberate in their hiring practices. They might not have an urgent need to fill the position. Or they could be lazy, overworked or disorganized behind the scenes. The reason hardly matters. When it comes to these types of employers, the longer the company takes to make a decision, the more likely it is that the job opportunity will fall by the wayside.
This outcome can be maddening. Especially for job hunters who have waited patiently through a drawn-out recruitment process. You might feel annoyed, let down or perhaps a bit betrayed. In the midst of all of these emotions, it's up to you to make your own decision. What will you do next?
You can plop down on the couch and refuse to get up. You can proceed with a sluggish, poorly planned job search and then complain loudly when it doesn't pan out. Or you can take a couple of days to replenish yourself and get your head straight. And then dive back in.
While you're considering your next move (and hopefully selecting the optimal strategy for a fast, effective job search), I have some other advice. If you believe that the hiring process was fair and the business still seems like a great place to work, I suggest that you send a quick note to the employer. It might feel strange to reach out to the person who just turned you down for a job. But remember that companies go through changes all the time. A new position could become available when you least expect it. Your professionalism and continued interest in the organization can pay off.
Write a brief e-mail or handwritten letter thanking the hiring manager for the chance to interview for the position. Remind him or her that your background seems like a perfect fit for the company, and you would like to be considered for other opportunities that may open up in the future.
By following up with a brief note, you encourage the employer to take another look at your qualifications. You also call attention to your attributes and positive attitude. This small gesture could lead to big opportunities down the road.

Eve Nicholas: Eve.GetaJob@gmail.com.
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