You should always respond when you don't get the job - here's how

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It's still an opportunity.

  • The following email guide is from Danny Rubin's new book, "Wait, How Do I Write This Email?," a collection of 100+ templates for networking, the job search, and LinkedIn.
  • It's tough when you're waiting for the email to come in - and then it turns out to be a rejection. But that's not the end of an opportunity.
  • You should always respond promptly, because you never know when the opportunity may reopen.
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It's the moment of truth in the job interview process: Did I get the job or not?

You wait anxiously by the computer and know the answer could forever change your career.Advertisement

Then, the fateful email comes across. You open with anticipation and find out ... you didn't land the job. It's a tough moment, I know.

Still, it's important to respond professionally despite the sting of rejection. Here's exactly what to say to leave the door open for future opportunities.