rejections

angry rejected candidates: “I never had a class in college teaching me the etiquette of prostituting myself on paper”

A reader sent me an exchange that she had with a recent graduate who applied for a job with her company. The applicant had submitted a three-page resume with short essays about her experience on it. That exchange is further down, but first here’s what the reader wrote to me: I thought I’d share something […]

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how not to respond to a job rejection

This post was originally published on July 20, 2008. A while back, I wrote a post about how a small fraction of job applicants respond to rejection notices with outrage, rudeness, or general vitriol, and gave a few real-life samples. Some background: My organization emails rejection notes to all applicants we don’t offer a job […]

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how not to reject job candidates

You’ve screened resumes, interviewed candidates, and now you’re ready to make a hire. But while your attention might be focused on the new person who will be joining your staff, make sure you don’t forget about all those other candidates who are waiting to hear back from you. Yes, it’s rejection time. No one likes […]

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someone who was rejected for my new job reached out to me

A reader writes: I recently went through 6 rounds of interview stages for a telecommute position. The stages included a resume and phone screening, a questionnaire, multiple phone interviews, and finally an in-person lunch. It took almost 2 months, but I’m happy to report I was offered and accepted the position. I enthusiastically updated my […]

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can I ask employers to let me know if they’re rejecting me?

A reader writes: I relocated a couple of months ago after taking an out-of-state internship and falling in the love with the area. The internship has since ended, and though I still work there occasionally (it’s a retail store/event space), the owner can’t really afford a full-time employee so I’m left looking for full-time employment […]

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