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The Funniest Rejection Letter Ever

Thanks to the magic of StumbleUpon, I found this rejection denial note (rejection rejection letter?) on a humor site:

The Funniest Rejection Letter Ever

Photo Credit:  Gregg O'Connell

Rejection letter-typing typewriterHerbert 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.

Sincerely,
Chris L. Jensen

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Pete Aldin says

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?

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jacob says

Hey Pete, glad that you and your class had a good chuckle.

Real? I don’t know, to be honest. Someone claimed here that it’s an adaptation of a letter in Neal Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death but Amazon’s Search Inside the Book can’t find the word “rejection”, so perhaps not.

I bet someone has used it for themselves in real life, it’s hard to resist 🙂

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Moshe says

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 !

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normae says

…good sense! somehow, sometimes we revise it. lol..makes me laugh..

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Izabella Tabarovsky says

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?

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jacob says

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 🙂

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bar jobs says

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.

~dave

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jacob says

Dave, it’s true, very few companies bother. And when they do, it often comes much later, too late to matter:

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As if it would help reduce the feeling of rejection anyway.

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Aidan says

LOL..this is so cool. I wondered if those employers share the same humor though…

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Kate says

I would love to see more people do this and talk about it.

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Swish lady says

http://www.snopes.com/college/admin/rejection.asp
I looked this up as I noticed right at the salutation that while the state is MA, no zip code here begins with “34”–and that zip is the same as my in-laws in Collier County, FL. It’s also hard to find “Whitson Univ.”.
The story behind the letter’s origins on Snopes is a good one!

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