Failed The First Time? Here’s How You Can Apply The Second Time

Posted April 17, 2015 by
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Rejected? Dejected? Don’t worry! We all know how it feels. If you still feel that the job you applied for was the “perfect” one and you don’t have a clue about why they rejected you, you may well try again. Many applicants are too bummed out to ever try again – for any position at all at the company. However, with the facts and figures listed below, you might change your mind about this.

If a company has listed a job ad, the intention of the job ad could have been for a future job position, and not necessarily a job position that is currently available. Also, reapplying after a certain new position has opened isn’t always a bad idea because the applicant pool changes every time. So, it is possible for you to have a higher chance the second time you apply (this means that at least 6 months have passed since you last applied).

What is the worst that can happen, anyway? You will get rejected a second time and that’s it. Nobody’s going to document it. Nobody will even remember or care how many applications you sent to previous organizations. Your time and effort maybe the only thing you’ll invest, to be exact.

On the positive side of things, you could get hired! So, here are a few tips that would increase your chances of making it the second time.

1) Have An Internal Source For Factual Information: As we mentioned earlier, many job posting ads are listed for “future openings” and not those that are currently available. In that case, it will be really hard to figure out what the intended purpose of the posting is. If you know someone who works there, it is best to try and tap into the company’s information and find out when the “real” postings are going to be put up.

Sometimes, entry-level job openings are not even advertised. Existing employees are asked to provide referrals and they are only ones who know about the true status of an open position.

2) Do Your Research—This Time Better: The first time you applied, you could have been missing a key piece of information that prevented your employment. What was it? If you do your research, you might be able to figure it out. If you know exactly where you messed up (your interview, unimpressive resume, missing a skill, missing an appointment, etc.) you will know exactly what to do, or not to do, this time.

Also, when you approach the employer a second time, it is best to mention your previous correspondence. Whatever you do, DO NOT lie about it! You can mention this in your cover letter or be ready for an answer when you are asked. Instead of saying that you were rejected the first time, you should focus on positive facts. For example, “I feel that I am a more potential candidate now than I was before, because I have gained a new skillset (explain what. For instance, you have the skills of professional assignment writers, managers, etc.). Explain why you feel you are more prepared and fit for the position this time, with solid reasons at that.

3) Target Your Resume Around the New Role: Many applicants decide to re-apply for a different position that they feel is more suitable (or maybe just open). Do not hand in the same resume you did the last time. Clearly, the new position is different and requires a different role and skill-set. Target your resume around this new position by adding only the qualifications and experiences that are relevant to the position and leaving out the ones that are not.

Author Bio:

Alisha is a consultant and an assignment writer. She also helps students who have passed their college in choosing the right field to start a good career after graduation. You can contact her on Facebook.

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