Didn't Get the Dream Job? Don't Take No for an Answer

Oscar Martinez, 77, greets diners at the Carnation Cafe at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.
In this photo taken Sept. 20, 2013, Oscar Martinez, 77, greets diners at the Carnation Cafe at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. The chef is the park’s longest-tenured employee, beginning as a busboy nearly 57 years ago, and he says he loves his job. (Matt Sedensky/AP Photo)

It's heartbreaking to get a phone call from a prospective employer telling you that you didn't get the job. Most job seekers would just accept rejection and move on to the next job interview, but if you really want the job and know that you're the most qualified for it, don't give up.

Changing this employer's mind is going to require a lot of determination and patience, which are two characteristics all service members have. If you stay on course, you can win the job opportunity back.

Here are four other ways to get that employer to reconsider dismissing you, according to CareerJournal.com:

1. Keep Cool After a Rejection

Being turned down for a job can hurt, but avoid expressing anger or resentment toward a recruiter or employer. So many job seekers have permanently eliminated themselves from consideration, because they sent a nasty email to the employer.

2. Write a Thank-You Letter or Email

An employer, quoted in Career Journal, remembers that she received a thank-you letter from a candidate after he didn't get the job he interviewed for. The applicant acknowledged that even though he was not the right fit for the position, it would have been a great company to work for. What's more, a thank-you can reinforce your strong desire to work for the company.

3. Send Friendly Reminders

Keep in touch with employers after being passed over for a job, Susan McWhirter, a staffing manager for InBev USA, told Career Journal. In fact, after a candidate was passed over, McWhirter received an email a short time afterward.

"This was someone who just kept us informed of his status and interest level in the company," McWhirter said. "He asked us to consider him in the future, and we did."

4. Request Feedback

Always ask for feedback after a rejection. This will help you identify what your interview strengths and weaknesses are. And be professional, even if you don't like what you hear.

Rejection is never easy, especially if you really wanted the job. But if you follow up with the employer, they might reconsider letting you go. And if you apply the lessons learned from a position for which you were passed over, you will definitely get your next dream job.

For a listing of dream jobs that are perfect for military personnel, visit Military.com's Career Center to search for employment.

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