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Follow up. Write a thank you note (or thank you e-mail). Most people don’t, and doing so will make you more impressive to the interviewer. They’ll like you and remember you.

Be persistent. Don’t assume that because you didn’t get a job they don’t like you. You may be the right person, but there is not an opportunity for you at the present time. Persistence keeps you on top their mind when the right opportunity comes around. Just be sensitive to the fact that there is a difference between persistent and obnoxious.

Be patient, particularly in this environment. Don’t look desperate. It makes you a less attractive candidate at best, tainted goods at worst. One option is to consider offering your services on a consulting basis. Present it as a potential win-win. The company can test drive you without committing to a full-time hire, and you can likewise check out the fit. You are positioning yourself as someone with functional expertise they can use, not someone desperate for a job. If you have done a good job of understanding what you are good at you will know the strengths you can leverage in this regard.

Don’t lose heart. Dare to live your passion. The possibilities truly are unlimited.


Candice Reed is the co-author of Thank You for Firing Me! How to Catch the Next Wave of Success After You lose Your Job. For more articles and ideas, check out thankyouforfiringme.org

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