#3 LiveHire Lessons w/ Ashley & Hannah: It pays to be professional

We know that job hunting can be a stressful process, particularly when you’re urgently looking for employment. However it’s important to maintain professionalism when communicating with potential employers. Not only will this help you to be considered for this job, but may also help you be considered for future roles. #LiveHireLessons 🙌


Although it can be disappointing when you’re unsuccessful in getting that dream job, it doesn’t bode well to respond with arrogance or passive aggressiveness like in the example below:

Sorry to hear that! I didn’t realise that having five years of hospitality experience, including management experience, wasn’t enough for a full-time job at your restaurant.  Hope you’re able to find someone with heaps more experience.

Remember – breaking the news that a candidate is unsuccessful is just as difficult for the recruiter! By responding graciously, you will be remembered in a positive light which may help lead to a role in the future. A good example of a response to a rejection email could be:

Thanks so much for your note. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to apply for XYZ at your company. While I’m disappointed that I didn’t get the job, I appreciate you taking the time to meet with me and review my materials. I wanted to take the opportunity to reach out and ask for any constructive criticism regarding my resume and/or interview skills. I value your opinion and would love to be considered for future opportunities.

A few other pointers to keep in mind when contacting potential employers to make sure you always stay professional are:

  • Check your spelling and grammar- this is a sure way to make you sound professional!
  • Go easy on the emojis. A 🙂 here and there is okay, but don’t go overboard. 😊 😃👍
  • Ask for constructive feedback- this will show you’re interested in improving and may help you be considered for future roles.
  • Remember that the recruiter is a person too, and communicate accordingly– don’t speak to them any differently than you would someone that you know.

Committed to ensuring candidates have the best possible opportunities for success in their job hunt, Talent Community Consultant Ashley Wilson and Candidate Success Advocate Hannah Savage aim to provide the best possible candidate experience. If you have any questions, please contact support@livehire.com or visit us here. Or, if you want to learn how completing your profile to 100% will increase your chances of finding living a career you’ll love, you can do so here.  💁