See Denial as a Learning Opportunity

See Denial as a Learning Opportunity

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If you are on the hunt for a job, sending out lots of applications and playing the waiting game, chances are you have received an email that sounds like this:

“Thank you for your application and interest in Sprinkles. While we were impressed with your background, we will not be moving forward with your candidacy at this time. Best of luck with everything.”


“Thank you for taking the time to express interest in the ________ position. After carefully reviewing your qualifications and background, we are pursuing candidates more competitively matched with the requirements of this position. We will retain your information in our database for a period of time and may inform you of other job opportunities that match your profile if you selected this option. We hope that you consider reviewing and applying for other open positions for which you qualify by visiting our website. Stay connected with us!”

It may seem like a never ending stream of “denials,” but you have to learn from each no.

But getting denied, or being told “no,” is actually okay. Use it as an opportunity to learn and grow. 

To make sure you are doing all that you can in each application, it is good to go back and double check what you submitted. For example, your resume and cover letter.

Does your resume reflect what the position you are applying for needs? If you are applying for a communication position, it may be best to highlight those skills over the total sales you made at your last job. Talk about how your communication skills were an asset in doing so, but don’t just highlight sales.

Does your cover letter cater to the position? Some people use the same cover for everything and think that is okay, which is wrong. Each position will be a little bit different as well as each company. You should make sure you are writing a personalized letter that will show employers you cared to take the time to write them something that reflects their core values. You should also write to show that you actually read their job listing and can fulfill their needs.

If you are more precise and careful with your applications, then you might just be receiving more of these:

“Thanks for your interest in ___________ position at ___________. We’re excited to move forward with the interview process. To help us schedule a phone interview, please let us know when you’re available for a quick chat. We’ll coordinate and confirm a time with you.”