Rejoining the Workforce with High Unemployment – What if the employer says ‘no’?

By Anna Marie MacDonald, Workforce Connection Center Manager, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin

In an employer’s market, where employers can be very selective about who they hire, it’s quite possible you will hear “no” quite often. While it can be discouraging, please don’t take it personally. There could be many reasons for the rejection letter, call or email.

Perhaps the employer hired an internal employee, lost funding, there was a more qualified candidate, or the recruiter/hiring managers have some biases — it happens. The recruiter will likely not inform you about their reasoning due to legal reasons.

If you receive a lot of rejections, it is not a reflection on you as a person. It is important to stay aware of your attitude when you interview. When reflecting on a rejection, be honest: did you prepare for the interview? Preparation will make you confident. The recruiter can tell if you are passionate about the position or are only spinning the answers to their interview questions.

Don’t bring discouragement into any communication with potential employers. Stay positive, don’t take anything personally, and move on.

If you need assistance, consider scheduling a virtual mock interview with an employee at a Goodwill career center near you. Practice and receiving open, honest feedback are the best ways to improve.

We know times are difficult, and we will get through it together.

To find a virtual career center near you, visit the Goodwill Locator, enter your ZIP code, select the “Headquarters” option from the filter and contact the Goodwill for more information.

Reposted with permission from Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin.