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Reapplying for a Job

Rahul Pandita
If you are not selected for a position you applied for, you don't really need to give up the thought of working with the organization again. Organizations, today have certain policies in place which give individuals an opportunity to reapply for a job.
You learn that the company that you always wanted to work for is looking out for potential applicants. You send them your resume, get called for an interview, but what you don't get is the job. So, what next? Would you cross off the company from your list thinking you will never make it or will you start afresh after a few months time and reapply?
Most market researchers will advise you to keep trying, as with love and jobs you should never give up! But reapplying for a job doesn't mean that you can go to the human resource manager saying, "Oh you remember me, I am the one you interviewed last time". Instead it needs sustained effort and careful planning to make yourself suitable enough for the job.

Tips on Reapplying for a Job

Most of the applicants who are not selected by an organization feel dejected and never make it a point to know the reason why they didn't make it. If you didn't get the job, it most certainly means that there was someone else who was better than you, except for the situations wherein the company hired internally.
So, without knowing the reason for your rejection, reapplying can be difficult. Once you know the reason, you need to start working on the weakness and turn it into an opportunity. The workplace, today, is very competitive and it is imperative that you keep on learning new skills and keep yourself updated.
The second thing that you need to do is to get an insight into the company's policies about rehiring. What is the time-frame after which they consider those who are reapplying? Is there a criterion that you must satisfy. You don't want to have toiled hard for six months only to know that you need to wait another six months before you can apply.
Getting in touch with the organization will help you know about job openings that suit your skill-set and experience, and above all it will convey to the organization that you value them highly and are keen to work with them. A word of caution though, do not portray yourself as too desperate as it may rub them the wrong way and impact your prospects.
If you know someone who is employed with the organization or was employed at some point, you should speak to him to get some insight into the working style of the company. You can get some insight about what exactly the organization expects from an applicant. You can up-skill yourself or mold yourself accordingly to fit in the scheme of things.
You also need to do a bit of retrospection about the way you presented yourself when you were interviewed last time. Did you sell yourself well enough? Were you confident enough while answering the questions? If you feel that you could have done better, reapplying is the second chance for you and you have to ensure that you do well in the interview.
While reapplying, you should avoid complacency at all costs as it can seriously deter your prospects. You need to rework on your resume and make it more appealing to your would be employers. You need to follow all the etiquette that are expected of someone applying for a job.
You need to have the passion to grab the opportunity and rather than proving a point to others, you should aim to prove a point to yourself that you are good enough to work with the organization.
In the end, we would like to say that you should never shy away from reapplying for a job as long as you feel that you have the potential and the caliber to work in that organization.
Instead of feeling dejected and letting your emotions get the better of you, start early, get your act together and work on all those areas which you feel would prove decisive to your career prospects. We wish you, "All the best!", in your endeavor.