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On the Job

Another Approach to Job Rejection

Who hasn't been turned down for job they really wanted? It happens, and not always because you were simply unqualified. There are myriad reasons why employers might reject an applicant.


How to Deal

Responding to the Dreaded Rejection Letter

I recently interviewed at a dream company. Unfortunately the next day I was turned down: "Although your credentials are impressive we have decided to continue our search." What does this mean?


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How to Deal:  Coaching Unprofessional Worker Is Manager's Job (washingtonpost.com, July 24, 2008; 6:23 PM)

On the Job:  To Some, Security Clearance Weighs More Than Experience (washingtonpost.com, July 18, 2008; 5:26 PM)

How to Deal:  It's Legal to Enforce a Smoke-Free Workplace (washingtonpost.com, July 17, 2008; 12:05 AM)

On the Job :  Up for a Promotion? Be Clear on Expectations (washingtonpost.com, July 11, 2008; 3:45 PM)

How to Deal:  Addressing Rumors: Let Your Work Speak for Itself (washingtonpost.com, July 11, 2008; 12:00 PM)

On the Job:  Make the Most of Your Experience as a Business Owner (washingtonpost.com, July 4, 2008; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal:  If Asked About Drug Use, It's Best to Be Honest (washingtonpost.com, July 3, 2008; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal:  To Combat Burnout, Start by Accepting the Things You Cannot Change (washingtonpost.com, June 26, 2008; 12:00 AM)

On the Job:  When Prospective Employers Ask to Contact Your Current Boss (washingtonpost.com, June 19, 2008; 3:42 PM)

How to Deal:  Stuck in a Boring Job? Find Fulfillment Where You Can (washingtonpost.com, June 19, 2008; 12:00 AM)

On the Job:  Job-Hunting With Limited Experience (washingtonpost.com, June 13, 2008; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal:  New Managers Must Work to Establish Credibility (washingtonpost.com, June 12, 2008; 12:00 AM)

On the Job:  Misled by a Job Description (washingtonpost.com, June 5, 2008; 6:06 PM)

How to Deal:  Reporting a Difficult Boss? Be Prepared for Possible Retaliation (washingtonpost.com, June 4, 2008; 5:50 PM)

How to Deal:  Make a Habit of Educating Interviewers About Disability (washingtonpost.com, May 28, 2008; 5:23 PM)

How to Deal:  Disclosing a Job Termination (washingtonpost.com, May 21, 2008; 5:45 PM)

On the Job:  Navigating Job-Offer Limbo (washingtonpost.com, May 15, 2008; 3:27 PM)

How to Deal:  Office Politics Is Par for the Course, Regardless of Company Size (washingtonpost.com, May 14, 2008; 4:22 PM)

On the Job:  After Time Away, Put Networking Skills to Work (washingtonpost.com, May 8, 2008; 3:43 PM)

How to Deal:  Ask for Feedback on Voicemail Before Making Changes (washingtonpost.com, May 7, 2008; 5:12 PM)

How to Deal:  Few Job Offers? Try Widening Your Scope (washingtonpost.com, April 30, 2008; 5:14 PM)

Grad Guide 2008:  Graduating Soon? Don't Panic (washingtonpost.com, April 25, 2008; 12:00 AM)

Grad Guide 2008:  'Work' Your Internship (washingtonpost.com, April 24, 2008; 5:40 PM)

How to Deal:  It's Wise to Keep a Job While Building Freelance Business (washingtonpost.com, April 23, 2008; 5:24 PM)

On the Job:  How to Stay for the Long Haul (washingtonpost.com, April 18, 2008; 1:45 PM)

How to Deal:  Learn How to Adapt to a Changing Job Market (washingtonpost.com, April 17, 2008; 12:00 AM)

On the Job:  Take the High Road When Discussing Previous Boss (washingtonpost.com, April 11, 2008; 3:26 PM)

How to Deal:  Wanted: Space to Grow (washingtonpost.com, April 10, 2008; 12:00 AM)

On the Job:  During Interview, Address Prior Conviction Head-On (washingtonpost.com, April 4, 2008; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal:  Be Encouraged by Boss's Attempts to Grant Vacation Request (washingtonpost.com, April 3, 2008; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal:  When Asked to 'Tattle,' It's Best to Be Honest (washingtonpost.com, March 26, 2008; 6:15 PM)

On the Job:  Stopping a Space Invader (washingtonpost.com, March 21, 2008; 12:24 PM)

How to Deal:  Co-Worker Conflict: Try Talking it Through First (washingtonpost.com, March 18, 2008; 11:04 AM)

On the Job:  Who's Checking You Out? (washingtonpost.com, March 14, 2008; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal:  Be Prepared to Answer Probing Questions About Your Job Search (washingtonpost.com, March 13, 2008; 12:00 AM)

Under New Management:  With a New CEO at the Helm, Is It Time to Jump Ship? (washingtonpost.com, March 7, 2008; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal:  Seeking Redemption for Botched Contract Work (washingtonpost.com, March 6, 2008; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal:  How to Say Goodbye (washingtonpost.com, February 28, 2008; 12:00 AM)

On the Job:  Disclosing Your Job Search Can Be Tricky (washingtonpost.com, February 22, 2008; 12:27 PM)

How to Deal:  Career Development Doesn't Have to Mean Changing Jobs (washingtonpost.com, February 21, 2008; 12:00 AM)

On the Job:  What Seems Obvious Is Often Forgotten (washingtonpost.com, February 15, 2008; 8:46 PM)

How to Deal:  Be Clear When Enforcing Leave Policies (washingtonpost.com, February 14, 2008; 12:00 AM)

On the Job:  A Job Hopper Ponders His Future (washingtonpost.com, February 7, 2008; 8:03 PM)

On the Job:  A Job Hopper Ponders His Future (washingtonpost.com, February 7, 2008; 4:12 PM)

How to Deal:  When Socializing at Work, Just Be Yourself (washingtonpost.com, February 6, 2008; 6:19 PM)

How to Deal :  Should You Give Full Disclosure When Job Hunting? (washingtonpost.com, January 31, 2008; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal:  Ethics at Work (washingtonpost.com, January 24, 2008; 11:36 AM)

How to Deal:  Getting the Silent Treatment? Be Proactive (washingtonpost.com, January 17, 2008; 12:00 AM)

On the Job:  When Changing Careers, It's All in How You Market Yourself (washingtonpost.com, January 18, 2008; 12:00 AM)

On the Job:  Being Excluded? It's Time to Escalate (washingtonpost.com, January 11, 2008; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal:  Learn to Manage Up (washingtonpost.com, January 9, 2008; 4:23 PM)

On the Job:  Finding Work As a Non-Citizen (washingtonpost.com, January 3, 2008; 6:32 PM)

How to Deal:  In This Field, Boss Should Sweat the Small Stuff (washingtonpost.com, January 2, 2008; 4:55 PM)

How to Deal:  Get to the Bottom of Boss's Philosophy on Staying Late (washingtonpost.com, December 26, 2007; 2:19 PM)

How to Deal :  Protect Yourself From Co-Worker's Baseless Complaints (washingtonpost.com, December 19, 2007; 5:23 PM)

How to Deal:  Walking the Line (washingtonpost.com, December 13, 2007; 12:00 AM)

On the Job:  Moving on Up -- Or Maybe Not (washingtonpost.com, December 7, 2007; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal:  Knowing When It's Time to Leave an Abusive Boss (washingtonpost.com, December 6, 2007; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal:  When to Spill the Beans About a Job Search (washingtonpost.com, November 29, 2007; 12:00 AM)

On the Job:  You + The Boss = BFFs? Not Quite (washingtonpost.com, November 23, 2007; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal :  Don't Let Catty Co-Workers Impact Your Performance (washingtonpost.com, November 22, 2007; 12:00 AM)

On the Job:  Don't Jump the Gun When Considering a New Job Search (washingtonpost.com, November 16, 2007; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal:  No Raise? Be Upfront and Ask Why (washingtonpost.com, November 15, 2007; 12:00 AM)

On the Job:  Plan Your Exit Strategy Wisely (washingtonpost.com, November 9, 2007; 5:30 PM)

How to Deal:  Can Employers Fire Temporarily Disabled Workers? (washingtonpost.com, November 8, 2007; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal:  When Job Hunting, It's All in the Approach (washingtonpost.com, November 1, 2007; 12:00 AM)

New Kid at the Office?:  Be Prepared to Show and Prove (washingtonpost.com, October 26, 2007; 12:00 AM)

Not Challenged Enough at Work?:  It May Be Time to Pursue Other Opportunities (washingtonpost.com, October 25, 2007; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal:  Ready for Growth? Get Proper Experience First (washingtonpost.com, October 18, 2007; 12:00 AM)

On the Job:  Pleading the Case for More Pay (washingtonpost.com, October 12, 2007; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal:  Can a Company Lay Off a Pregnant Worker? (washingtonpost.com, October 11, 2007; 12:00 AM)

Being Disabled Shouldn't Hinder a Job Search (washingtonpost.com, October 5, 2007; 12:00 AM)

How to Deal:  Reclaiming Your Career (washingtonpost.com, October 4, 2007; 12:00 AM)

On the Job :  Duped By a New Job Offer? (washingtonpost.com, September 28, 2007; 9:00 AM)

How to Deal:  Crossing the Line During an Interview (washingtonpost.com, September 27, 2007; 12:00 AM)

On the Job:  For Ex-Offenders Returning to Work, Evaluate Options (washingtonpost.com, September 21, 2007; 2:24 PM)

How to Deal:  Don't Feel Challenged at Work? (washingtonpost.com, September 20, 2007; 12:00 AM)

Are You Ready to Bow Out?:  Be Prepared to Answer Why (washingtonpost.com, September 14, 2007; 8:00 PM)

How to Deal:  After Childbirth, Return to Work? (washingtonpost.com, September 13, 2007; 11:34 AM)

Transitioning From Federal Service (washingtonpost.com, September 7, 2007; 6:00 PM)

Is Quitting the Best Option?:  Knowing When to Stay Put or Move On (washingtonpost.com, September 6, 2007; 5:00 PM)

How to Deal:  When Work Life Interferes With Family Life (washingtonpost.com, September 6, 2007; 12:00 AM)

Signed, Sealed and Delivered:  Protect Yourself When Contracting by Being Up-Front (washingtonpost.com, August 30, 2007; 12:00 AM)

On the Job:  Good Cover Letters Give You an Edge (washingtonpost.com, August 24, 2007; 9:00 AM)

How to Deal:  Personal Information Can Aid a Bid to Relocate (washingtonpost.com, August 23, 2007; 12:12 PM)

On the Job:  End an Interview With Your Own Questions (washingtonpost.com, August 17, 2007; 9:00 AM)

How to Deal:  Set Boundaries to Stop Lunchtime Distractions (washingtonpost.com, August 16, 2007; 9:00 AM)

On the Job:  New Moms Can Work on Their Own Terms (washingtonpost.com, August 10, 2007; 9:00 AM)

How to Deal :  Get Tech Training to Fill Skill Gaps (washingtonpost.com, August 8, 2007; 4:31 PM)

How to Deal :  Want a Raise? Here's How to Ask (washingtonpost.com, August 1, 2007; 9:16 AM)

How to Deal:  In Interviews, Take Control of Your 'Story' (washingtonpost.com, July 25, 2007; 6:25 PM)

On the Job:  Can You be Fired for No Reason? (washingtonpost.com, July 20, 2007; 8:27 PM)

How to Deal :  Messy Instances of Instant Messaging (washingtonpost.com, July 18, 2007; 5:44 PM)

On the Job:  When Contract Work Goes Bad (washingtonpost.com, July 12, 2007; 4:39 PM)

How to Deal:  If Your Boss Thinks You Make Too Much Money (washingtonpost.com, July 11, 2007; 4:12 PM)

How to Deal :  A Downside to Hourly Pay? (washingtonpost.com, July 5, 2007; 9:26 AM)

On the Job:  Rejected Job Seekers Shouldn't Expect Feedback (washingtonpost.com, June 29, 2007; 2:11 AM)

How to Deal:  Finding Time for Work and Worship (washingtonpost.com, June 27, 2007; 4:32 PM)

How to Deal:  Does Unused Vacation Have to Be Paid Out? (washingtonpost.com, June 20, 2007; 1:21 PM)

Too Soon to Follow Up With a Recruiter? (washingtonpost.com, June 15, 2007; 8:00 AM)

On the Job:  Is There Friction With the Boss? Snuff It Out (washingtonpost.com, June 6, 2007; 5:28 PM)

How to Deal :  Working Around the Clock (washingtonpost.com, May 30, 2007; 3:26 PM)

On the Job:  The Ethics of Job Hunting (washingtonpost.com, May 18, 2007; 9:30 AM)

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