Example of a Follow-Up Email to Send After a Job Rejection

How to express gratitude and disappointment

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Getting turned down for a job you really wanted can be painful, but if you want to make a good impression on the employer who rejected you, consider sending a follow-up email that expresses your gratitude for the opportunity and disappointment with the rejection. Believe it or not, many job applicants who've been rejected by a company go on to land a job with the company that passed on them. 

Here’s an example of a follow up letter to send when you have been turned down for a position.

The letter thanks the hiring manager for her time, reiterates your interest in the employer and asks to be considered for other openings.

Sample Follow-Up Letter 

Email Subject Line: Your Name – Sales Manager Position

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name,

It was a pleasure meeting with you about the sales manager position at ABC Enterprises. I really appreciate the time you spent speaking with me about the position and the opportunities within your company.

While I am disappointed that my experience wasn't quite what you are looking for in this position, I am still very interested in your company. I would appreciate your further consideration should another position become available that you feel would be a better fit for my skills.

Thank you for your time and encouragement.

Best Regards,

First Name Last Name

What Not to Say

A follow-up letter is not the place to air your grievances with the company or insult the representatives who interviewed you for not seeing how much of an asset you would be to them.

Remember to keep it professional or not to send a follow-up email at all. In this day and age, the job application process has never been so informal. Most employers don't bother to tell applicants that they have been turned down for a job, so it's certainly not necessary to send a follow-up email unless you really want make a good impression and be considered for jobs with that specific employer in the future.

Unfortunately, you have little idea why a certain employer rejected you. They may have already had someone else in mind when they hired you and simply went through the motions when they interviewed other candidates. They may have hired internally or someone an existing employee referred to them. You may not have had the experience and background they were looking for. Look back at the job description the company posted and see how well your experiences line up with the qualifications they sought.

Try to remember the interview itself. Did you do a good job? Did you answer their questions in a forthright and knowledgeable manner. Did the interviewers seem friendly or cold? Asking these questions won't necessarily tell you why you didn't get the job, but it can help shed some light.

Wrapping Up

If you want other examples of follow up letters and information on how to follow up with an employer, review more to compose your letter in the best way possible. And to improve your chances for getting the job next time, review some sample cover letters and sample job letters that might come in handy when writing a resignation letter, rejecting a job, accepting a job or networking.