rejections

is there a best time to send rejection letters?

A reader writes: Is there a standard for when to send out rejection letters? I deal with a lot of hiring in my job and I usually know as soon as I review a resume or hold an interview whether or I’m going to reject someone, but I have always figured that people don’t want […]

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rejection turned into an ad for a resume-writing company

A reader write: My girlfriend and I love your blog! I have been job searching, and I have used your blog and book to structure my resume and cover letter. And it worked! I got an interview as an operations assistant with a boutique financial firm. Unfortunately, I got a bit nervous beforehand and did […]

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when rejection letters get condescending…

A reader writes: I applied for a job online for a large corporation that was a bit of a stretch and step. I sent in a resume and a fairly short “cover letter.” I have a stable job but am always looking for a chance for a better role. About two weeks later, I received […]

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what’s up with this patronizing rejection letter?

A reader writes: This email arrived in my inbox more than a week after I was supposed to be notified of this organization’s decision in hiring a higher-level volunteer position. The first sentence is the only one that seemed personally written for me. I feel like I should respond politely but I’m angry that in […]

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online dating rejections vs. job rejections

A reader writes: I have recently dipped my toe into the online dating pool. Like many straight women, I’m finding myself absolutely overwhelmed with messages … and, like many, I delete most of them without replying. But I’m also an avid AAM reader, and would certainly not do such a thing at work. As a […]

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how do I mentally move on after not getting the job?

A reader writes: I just found out that a position I was a finalist for was offered to another candidate. While I tried not to get my hopes up throughout the interview process, as I moved further along I inevitably started to get excited about the possibility of working at this new company. The company […]

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how fast is too fast to reject a job candidate?

A reader writes:   Sometimes we screen a job candidate and know pretty much immediately that the person won’t be a good fit. But I feel like it might be discouraging to be on the other end of such a situation (to interview and be declined the same day). Right now, I’ve been waiting a day […]

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what to do when you’re turned down for a promotion

Being rejected for a job never feels great, but it can particularly suck when it’s for an internal promotion and you’ve been turned down by people who you see every day and who know your work well. But getting turned down for a promotion doesn’t need to be the end of your aspirations. At U.S. News & […]

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