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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