A sad reality of job searching is that there is a chance that your offer could be rescinded before you’ve even started the role, without it being your fault.
A sad reality of job searching is that there is a chance that your offer could be rescinded before you’ve even started the role, without it being your fault. A recent study by BBC Worklife saw a surge of 217% in rescinded job offers, between January and July of 2022. Although options are limited when this happens, how a person responds can help them bounce back.
Remember, if your job offer is rescinded, you are not alone. First things first, take time for yourself. It’s not a nice feeling, so take some time to regroup and find motivation to go through the process again.
Be transparent, and put something out to your network. It’s possible to have positive experiences with former employers or different work within organisations you were in contact with prior to this job offer that got rescinded. Open yourself up again, reach out to other companies and employers that you had been in contact with and let them know you’re available. Don’t forget to update your LinkedIn networks!
Keep in contact with the employer
Make sure that you keep the peace between you and the employer who rescinded the offer, any emotional response between you and the employer could hurt you in the long run. They may even have another role that they think will suit you. Also, ask what led to the rescinded offer. Show an interest in what you could improve on moving forward to avoid this from happening again.
Sometimes the issue lies with the employer and it’s worth trying to ascertain the company’s health during your interview process.
Reach out to recruiters specific to your field
Using a recruitment company can be a good way of finding a job that gives you more experience and bulk up your CV. Recruiters know of opportunities that you might not be aware of, that can keep you ticking over and they can often find you that dream career move.
Clean up your career portfolio
Now you have the motivation back to get back out there, why not use this time to clean up your CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile – all of which are important tools in the job hunt process. Make sure your career portfolio tells a complete story of who you are as a professional.
Although difficult at the time, it’s important to remember that having your job offer rescinded doesn’t reflect on you as an employee. You should keep your head and confidence up high, stay professional and start looking or connecting with previous connections to find your next opportunity – which might just be perfect for you!