You wanted that call center job. When you get that rejection, it can be devastating, and you may even feel like your entire career is sidetracked or derailed. But there are much healthier ways to handle this rejection and also turn it around to. Not getting that job doesn’t have to be the end of the world. To help you move forward, here are some things you should do next.

Be Gracious

Never take rejection personally or express your displeasure in a negative or even abusive way to the potential employer. Instead, thank them very much for their time. You may have been a great candidate, but not everyone can get the job. If you are unable to exit the process gracefully and graciously, you may put yourself in a worse situation.

Find a Way to Be a Resource

Think about the conversation you had with the interviewer. Was there something specific that you discussed that you could provide an answer for? Maybe a networking connection you can make or a resource you can facilitate. Even if you don’t get the job, providing this information will leave that communication positive.

Ask for Feedback

There could be any number of reasons you didn’t get the offer. It’s okay to ask why, as long as you follow rule one and stay gracious. Ask a question like, “Thank you so much for this opportunity. I was hoping you would be able to give me some feedback on what I might have been able to do better in the interview.” Based on their answer, look at ways to improve your resume or interview answers.

Keep the Door Open

Most importantly, all of this allows you to keep the door open. Just because you weren’t a fit for this position at this time doesn’t mean you won’t be in the future when another opportunity opens up. Be explicit about it. Say something like, “Please keep me in mind for other opportunities in the future or if something changes with this role.”

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