I am actually a firm believer of this saying and I will tell you why. It may not be so much that another door opens but perhaps you have a chance to reevaluate and find out why you were not offered a position. Or perhaps your resume is not “eye-catching” enough and it has been overlooked by those in a hiring capacity.
Here are some ideas:
1. If you have had an interview and get a call letting you know you did not get the job ask if they could give you some feedback as to why you were not selected. It could be that the person they hired had more experience or they decided to hire internally. If the hiring manager comes back with some constructive criticism make sure to take it to heart as it may help you in your next interview.
2. If you are not getting call backs for interviews, your resume may need an overhaul … at the very least have someone look it over. It should be in a format that helps the recruiter or hiring manager immediately see the qualities they want for their open position. So, if you see a job posting you are really interested in make sure the qualifications are in your resume.
3. Make sure you are applying for jobs that you are really interested in or that are in your field of expertise. If there is a job opening for an accountant don’t send in your resume if you are an engineer in hopes it will standout because many times it will be put aside. I am not saying that is fair but it happens when recruiters or hiring managers only have a short period of time to review resumes.
4. Then again maybe everything you are doing is good but your field is flooded and there are not enough jobs to go around. If so it may be time to find an alternative position or if you can go back to school. But hey that is a whole other blog!
If you make the effort to find out if you can improve your interviewing or resume skills in any way, I bet you will push the other door open yourself.