If you find yourself in the unusual position of applying for the same job twice, you’re, in effect, hoping for a second chance to make a first impression. Take advantage of the opportunity. Examine your first interaction with the employer. Did you have a well-crafted cover letter? Did your resume focus on the position requirements?
Revisit your resume
- Study the job description. Take notes if you have to, but highlight the most important skills required by the company.
- Rewrite your job experience section to honestly, but more clearly, show that you have those specific skills.
- Check your finished resume for appearance. Is it packed with too much narrative? A hiring manager wants to be able to scan for details. The use of bullet points will better emphasize your accomplishments, and white space between sections will make the resume more reader friendly.
The cover letter should be short and sweet
- Mention that you’re applying for the same job twice.
- Emphasize that you’ve done your research on the company and have wanted to be a part of their organization for some time. Be specific about what you like about the company.
- Acknowledge that you don’t know why the job is again on the market, but that you see it as a second opportunity.
- Mirror their requirements so you’re viewed as the perfect candidate.
- Express your desire to work for them as a valid reason to reconsider you.
- Don’t assume that the hiring manager made a bad hire that didn’t work out. It’s insulting to the manager’s skills and needlessly critical of an unknown person’s performance.
- Don’t say that even though you’ve just been hired elsewhere, you’d give notice if an offer was made. For all you know, that could be why the opening is available again.
Proofread, then proofread again
You have the rare opportunity to apply for the same job twice. Don’t send a carefully written cover letter and resume with typos. If you really want this position, your communication skills should shine and your grammar should be perfect. While spell check is a wonderful thing, it isn’t perfect.
You have a second chance to land this job, so try to get the potential employer’s attention in a positive fashion. Let LiveCareer’s samples of cover letters and resumes provide inspiration, and when you’re ready to write, visit our Resume Builder and Cover Letter Builder to get started.
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Rejection follow-up letter
Turned down for a job? Now's the time to show your mettle. The right follow-up letter can renew an employer's interest.
Was your ego bruised when you were notified that you didn't get the job? Get yourself back in the game by sending a post-rejection follow-up letter. You never know -- the person hired might not be working out, or there could be other suitable openings.
Keep your name on decision makers' minds by checking in several months after you were rejected for the job. The letter's purpose is to reiterate your strong interest in the employer and express how hiring you could benefit the company.
There's no guarantee that this kind of follow-up will work. The employer may have felt strongly that you weren't a good fit for the company. However, following up can send a powerful message about your resiliency as a professional and your heartfelt interest in the company.
Here's a sample follow-up letter you can modify to suit your situation:
Ms. Deborah Rodriguez
Sales Manager, Southwest Region
44 W. Jacoby St.
Denver, CO 55555
April 2, 2017
Dear Ms. Rodriguez:
We met in March when I was one of five finalists interviewing for your regional sales representative opening. Although I was not selected for the position, my interest in joining your team has remained strong. I would like to touch base with you to see if you plan on expanding your sales force in the near future.
As you may remember, my background includes five years of sales experience, a consistent track record of exceeding quotas and a bachelor's degree in communications.
Since our meeting, I have completed Miller Heiman's Strategic Account Management training program, and I have become self-taught in ACT! contact management software.
While things continue to go well for me at XYZ Company (last month I was inducted into the President's Club), I am highly motivated to transition into medical sales. Given the opportunity, I am confident in my ability to deliver the kind of aggressive account growth you outlined as a priority during our interview.
I have recently updated my resume, and I am enclosing it so that you will have the most current version. I welcome the chance to speak with you again about future opportunities. Feel free to call me at (555) 123-4567 or email me at email@example.com.
Thank you for your time.