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Not the End of the World When You Don’t Get The Job

December 21, 2012

Let’s be honest – not getting a job stinks, especially immediately after having served a term in AmeriCorps. We all want to have a something lined up and getting rejected by a potential employer is not usually the response we’re looking forward to hearing. It’s not the end of the world, but sometimes, it sure feels like it!

As AmeriCorps Alum Dara Goldberg shared in her blog post, there are immediate steps you can take when in contact with the organization that didn’t offer you the job. But what about steps for the next couple months or year?

Here are some ways you can continue to build on your professional development so that you can be an even better candidate in the next job interviews:

  • Seek feedback from employer: Ask the employer or Human Resources representative if there were notes on your application process. See what they thought your strengths and weaknesses were and inquire if they have any tips for improvement. By doing this, you’re showing the employer that you’re invested in your own professional development and this could reflect well should you apply with the organization again in the future.
  • Practice & revise: Take those tips shared and begin practicing your interview skills and revising your resume. Have a colleague review your resume and practice typical interview questions with you. See what feedback they have on the presentation of your resume and the answers you give. The more practice you have, the better prepared you can be when going to the real thing.
  • Connect with other Alums professionals: Our LinkedIn group has over 7,800 Alums looking to network with you. Find ones who are working in the industry you’re trying to break into and feel free to start discussions asking about the application process and best practices for interviewing. Many have shared their service on their profiles and you can learn how each positioned their AmeriCorps experience to help them land their dream job.

  • Continue to apply: It’s important to not “put all your eggs in one basket” when applying for jobs. Don’t be discouraged by the rejection and continue to seek employment opportunities. You may consider relocation, a new industry, or even differences in pay to land that new position, so don’t settle until you get that final offer!
  • Seek volunteer opportunities: As Alums, we know how important service is in our lives. If a job offer isn’t in the immediate horizon, try volunteering or interning at the organizations that you’d like to work for. Many Alums have gained employment or skills necessary for employment through service with various community groups. Also, it’s a great way to put yourself out there and build your network. Find a service opportunity with your local HandsOn Network Affiliate.

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What other tips would you suggest? Let us know in the comments below!

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