What to do if you don’t get the job

While anyone who has completed a practical nursing programSteps to take when you don't get a job or earned a medical assisting degree certainly has a better chance of quickly finding a job than most – the health care industry is expected to create 28 percent of the new jobs in the U.S. between 2010 and 20201 – on occasion, you may not get the job you were hoping for. Don’t despair! Here’s what you should do if you interview for a position and aren’t hired:

1. Just breathe

It can be frustrating when you thought you interviewed well and you don’t get the job, but it’s important not to get angry. Try not to take rejection personally. The reason they hired someone else may not have been something you have control over – perhaps another candidate had more experience or was a better fit for the work environment. The job market is competitive, and sometimes employers aren’t able to hire all of the qualified candidates.2

2. Write a thank you note

Instead of getting angry, take the high road and write a thank you letter. Send one to the hiring manager, interviewer and anyone else you spoke with at the company or hospital, and thank them for their time and consideration. Indicate that you admire their work and would welcome an opportunity to work together in the future – it’s important to keep as many doors open as possible! Although you may not have been a good fit at the time, something else may open up and you want to leave positive thoughts about you in their minds.3

3. Stay connected

Even though you didn’t get the job, it’s a good idea to try and stay connected to anyone with whom you spoke or interviewed in case they hear of another opening. Begin by reaching out via LinkedIn, writing a short, personalized note reminding them how you know each other. If they have Twitter accounts, you can also follow them on that social media platform. Check back in every few months to keep up a strong, professional relationship.4

4. Reflect

It’s always good to try and learn from your experiences, so spend some time reflecting on why you didn’t get the job and what you can do to improve your chances next time. Perhaps you can do some more volunteer work in health care or practice your interviewing skills. Apply what you’ve learned to future job applications and interviews.5

1 Adams, Susan, Forbes, ‘The Best Jobs in Health Care,’ Aug. 6, 2012 – http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2012/09/06/the-best-jobs-in-health-care/
2 Green, Alison, U.S. News, ‘How to Respond to Job Rejection – And Even Make It Work For You,’ Jan 30, 2013 – http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/01/30/how-to-respond-to-job-rejectionand-even-make-it-work-for-you
3 Glantz, Jen, USA Today, ‘5 ways to respond after being rejected from a job,’ May 10, 2013 – http://www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/index.php/career/5-ways-to-respond-after-being-rejected-from-a-job
4 Glantz, Jen, USA Today, ‘5 ways to respond after being rejected from a job,’ May 10, 2013 – http://www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/index.php/career/5-ways-to-respond-after-being-rejected-from-a-job
5 Katen, Lauren, The Daily Muse, ‘No Means No? What To Do When You Don’t Get The Job,’ April 24, 2012 – http://www.thedailymuse.com/job-search/no-means-no-what-to-do-when-you-dont-get-the-job/

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