Once in a blue moon, a company will rescind an offer that was previously made to a candidate. No matter what the company’s reason is, it is heartbreaking for the candidate. So how can you move on when you suddenly go from excited optimism about a new job to sadly wondering where it all went wrong? Here are a few tips on how to move past a rescinded offer and get back into the job search.
- Let Your Emotions Out
It’s okay to grieve this loss! You may find yourself unmotivated to immediately start looking for jobs again, and it is normal to feel that way. Take the time to process what happened. The company wanted you enough to make an offer, so that in itself is a win. Journal your feelings, walk the dog, or even just sitting on the couch can be therapeutic. There is no right way to grieve, so do what you need to do to take care of yourself.
- Get Back on the Saddle
Once you’re feeling better, it’s time to get back on the saddle! It can be tough to find the confidence to begin the job search again, so think positively and make a list of all the reasons why you’re a great candidate. Research other top companies with open positions and match your skills to jobs where you can shine.
- Customize Your Outreach
When applying to jobs, make sure to tailor your resume for each job. Include keywords found in the job description and make sure the skills section of your resume reflects those in the qualifications. It can be tedious, but you should tailor your resume for each separate position! Don’t forget to write personalized cover letters to submit with your tailored resumes.
- Practice Your Interview Skills Again
When you have new interviews scheduled, rehearse common interview questions and tailored answers that correspond to each job description and company. Make sure you also come prepared with questions for the interviewer! Avoid basic questions whose answers can be found on the company website. Ask in-depth questions about the position, the team structure, management, and other areas that are more nuanced.
- Network, Network, Network
Spread the word within your network that you’re looking for work. Use LinkedIn to message your connections and consider reaching out to current or former employees. This outreach can help you gain insight into each company’s hiring process. You can also join LinkedIn groups for your alma mater and any extracurriculars you were involved in. Even if you’re a seasoned worker, it’s never too late to join a group for your school alumni.
- Accept Your Next Role
You might get unwelcome flashbacks when it comes time to accept another offer. Don’t let your recent experience cloud your judgment! If the company is stable and has a good reputation, accept the offer that feels right. The chances of having another offer rescinded are very slim, so don’t hold back from going for what you want.