My application to a specific PhD position was rejected. I was informed about it last week and I wasn't even invited to an interview. The information was a standard email telling me that "despite your evident qualifications, there were better candidates". Now, I see that the institution re-posted a job ad for the exact same position, and only changed the starting date to a later one.
I'm a bit puzzled by this situation and don't know what to do:
- Should I re-write a better motivation letter and apply again, or does the early rejection means I have no chances at all?
- Should I contact the thesis supervisor and ask him what could improve my chances, like this answer to a similar situation suggests?
- Or should I wait a bit, get other experiences as research staff/assistant or something similar and apply for another position later?
My biggest worry is that I might appear too "pushy" and that my future applications in this institution will be automatically rejected, even if I have more experience. On the other hand, having a feedback from the supervisor could be useful for future applications.
I am aware that similar questions have bee posted already, like this one. However, my situation is slightly different, as I would apply to the same position without any new experience (against what is advised there). The cultural setting is German-speaking Europe.