The rejection rejection letter every job seeker needs to keep in their arsenal.

The Funniest Rejection Letter Ever
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Thanks to the magic of StumbleUpon, I found this rejection denial note (rejection rejection letter?) on a humor site.

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

Dear Professor Millington,

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 rejecting 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. I look forward to seeing you then.

Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.

Chris L. Jensen

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  • I used this with my class of longterm unemployed today. Broke the ice, made them laugh and gave them ideas.

    This is pure gold. Is it REAL?

  • There is only one problem with this:
    In ISRAEL, and in today’s age of technology, most potential employers do not even bother with rejection letters and if you get accepted they call you.
    but I loved it !
    thanks for the laugh !

  • I loved it… thanks for the good laugh and a new way of looking at rejection. I’m a career coach and I deal with so many clients who have all kinds of fears around rejection. Wouldn’t it feel empowering to send someone a letter like that – or at least to pretend you did?

  • Hi Izabella, I wish I’d thought of doing just that on my last job search when I was really annoyed with a company. It’s a great way to blow off steam and frankly, I don’t see much danger in it. You’ll probably make them laugh as well.

    I just subscribed to your blog. Good stuff there 🙂

  • I have got to try that!!! but Moshe is right, who bothers to send out rejection letters anymore? The only place I know is in Germany, and not always.


  • This is hardly new – I saw this ‘candidate rejection letter’ at least 1000 times over the last 20 years.

    It was kinda funny back then – now it’s just stupid.