Dear Experts, I just found out I didn't get my dream job. I had 3 interviews (1 with HR, 1 with department heads, 1 written test) and they even grilled all of my references. I received a phone call with the news and was very short on the phone since I was in utter shock. What do I do now? Should I e-mail my contact in HR, should I e-mail the dept heads? I still want to be considered for any other positions at the company. Who should I follow up with and what should I say? Got a career question you'd like answered? Send it to along with your Twitter account name (you must use Twitter for us to post your question).

Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question: Q#295 Send a quick note the the dept heads. Thank them for the opportunity. Then read Re: dream jobs. (@gradversity) Q#295 Try not to get stuck in "dream job" mode. Leads to disappointment. Rejection f/u: (@heatherhuhman) Q#295 YES, email an upbeat, crisp follow-up thanking THEM for their investing in interviewing process w/YOU. (1 of 2) (@ValueIntoWords) Q#295 Articulate sincere intrst in potential other opportunities to work for them, as they arise. Follow-up in 6 months. (2 of 2) (@ValueIntoWords) Q#295 1: Sorry! 2: say TY, disappointd b/c wantd 2 wk 4 co, know they got gr8 person, hope keep u in mind. (@juliaerickson) Q#295 Thank you notes are a good idea for all, regardless. If you connected with one: (@marysevinsky)
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