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The Ultimate Rejection Letter!

Anyone who has searched for a job, especially in this economy, has received a letter stating something to this effect:

“Thank you for your interest in our organization. We interviewed a number of qualifieed candidates for the __________ position, and we have determined that another candidate is the most qualified for the requirements of our opening. We wish you the best in your future endeavors.”

They might just simply mean they found a person whom they feel is an ideal fit for their organization based on their experience, skills, and so forth, but what we hear might be:

  • you weren’t qualified
  • we didn’t like you
  • why did you waste our time?
  • a monkey could do this job better than you!

No wonder we hate seeing those letters.

In researching background material for a new service our office is hoping to put in place, dealing with the emotional ramifications of joblessness, I found a letter labeled “The Ultimate Rejection Letter.” Don’t we all wish we could return rejection letters like this!

Herbert A Millington Chair
Search Committee
412A Clarkson Hall, Whitson University
College Hill, MA 34109

Dear Professor Milligan,

Thank you for your letter of March 16. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me an assistant professor position in your department. This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field of candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all refusals. Despite Whitson’s outstanding qualifications and previous experience in declining applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at this time. Therefore, I will assume the position of assistant professor in your department this August.

Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.”

Just a bit of humor before the weekend.


About kimberlyjmyers

I am a workforce development professional in Washington State. I have ten years experience working with dislocated workers, vocationally impaired, and people with disabilities on many levels and backgrounds from offenders to non-English speaking refugees from around the world. The One thing the clients I have worked with all had in common: there was some barrier to employment, and I work diligently every day to identify, address and remove those barriers.


2 thoughts on “The Ultimate Rejection Letter!

  1. I love this response, so clever! I’ve had my share of rejection letters and it amazes me still to this day how the style of the rejection letter seems to have nothing to do with the spirit of the business. If I’m receiving a rejection from the Theatre Company of Sydney, shouldn’t it be something more than just a few dry sentences? Surely, the HR departments must be very out of touch with what their company actually does!

    Posted by jobandthecity | May 12, 2012, 11:41 pm


  1. Pingback: 5 Reasons to Send Employment Rejection Letters | Unemployblog - May 9, 2012

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