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Didn't Get the Dream Job? Don't Take No for an Answer

It's heartbreaking to get a phone call from a prospective employer telling you that you didn't get the job. And, most job seekers would just accept rejection and move on to the next job interview. But if you really want the job and know that you're the most qualified for it, don't give up.

Changing this employer's mind is going to require a lot of determination and patience, which are two characteristics all servicemembers have. If you stay on course you can win the job opportunity back. Here are four other ways to get that employer to reconsider dismissing you, according to

1. Keep cool following a rejection - Being turned down for a job can hurt, but avoid expressing anger or resentment toward a recruiter or employer. So many job seekers have permanently eliminated themselves from consideration, because they sent a nasty e-mail to the employer.

2. Write a thank-you letter or e-mail - An employer, quoted in Career Journal, remembers that she received a thank-you letter from a candidate after he didn't get the job he interviewed for. The applicant acknowledged that even though he was not the right fit for the position that it would have been a great company to work for. What's more, a thank-you can reinforce your strong desire to work for the company.

3. Send friendly reminders - Keep in touch with employers after being passed over for a job, says Susan McWhirter, a staffing manager for InBev USA, to Career Journal. In fact, after a candidate was passed over, McWhirter received an e-mail a short time afterwards. "This was someone who just kept us informed of his status and interest level in the company," says McWhirter. "He asked us to consider him in the future, and we did."

4. Request feedback - Always ask for feedback following a rejection. This will help you identify what your interview strengths and weaknesses are. And be professional, even if you don't like what you hear.

Rejection is never easy, especially if you really wanted the job. But, if you follow up with the employer he or she might reconsider letting you go. And, if you apply the lessons learned from a position that you were passed over for, you will definitely get your next dream job.

For a listing of dream jobs that are perfect for military personnel, visit's Career Center to search for employment.

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