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How Many Ways Can You Be Rejected?

I'm always keen to experience new forms of rejection, and today bought one addressed to Dr Benjamin Peek, whoever that is. Apparently Dr Peek has just been thanked for his interest in a job he applied for in April, but as the position has been withdrawn one month after a writing sample was requested from him, there is no longer a job... so, sorry. But, the letter continues to say, should another position that Dr Peek is suitable for open up, the University would be pleased to received an application from him.

Rejection letters all sound the same, don't they?


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Jul. 12th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
Hey Ben, I still have my 70+ rejection letters from when I first started applying for jobs in Oz. "So you have a PhD from the University of Toronto, huh? That's not from around here, is it?"

My favourite job-hunting experience (no, 2nd favourite, I'll get to #1 in a minute): After entering the interview room, the panel announces that I'm being interviewed for the pomo position, not the gender & whatzit, or the gender & tech positions. Now I had applied for all three, and been told they wanted to interview me for gender/tech--the one I'm least qualified for. But I duly spent the week before re-framing every moment of throat-clearing in my life into gender/tech throat-clearing.

Do you think I could remember anything about postmodernism after I sat down in front of that austere but administrivially challenged panel? Of course not. Lyotard, qui c'est?

And my favourite jobhunting moment? At the interview where I looked down after handing copies of my program ideas to the VC academic, the head of the department, and the prof. Chair. My fly was undone.

But hey, I got the job.

You might see if that works for you some day....
Jul. 13th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
wow. seventy jobs. i can barely find jobs that interest me enough to apply for them.

anyhow, i think i'll keep my pants done up. but then i don't value exployment that much ;)
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:36 am (UTC)
with an attitude like that, ben, your sex life isn't going to improve.

70 jobs is easy if you're a CompLit person --> French, English, Gender Studies, Literary Studies, ... and I can tap dance, too.
Jul. 13th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)
with an attitude like that, ben, your sex life isn't going to improve.

i think that attitude says more about YOUR sex life than mine ;P
Jul. 12th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
They all suck, but some worse than others.

My rejection from Purdue was so callous and brutal that I will harbor a poisonous grudge against them forever after. Some day I will pay them back. Some day....
Jul. 13th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
oh, man, i want rejections like that!
Jul. 13th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
My favourite rejection ever was by a national television broadcaster when offered a half-hour comedy I had written: "We can see how it would have been funny if you've put some jokes in it."
Jul. 13th, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC)
I've gotten over the sheer humiliation of it, and the man's attitude, which didn't have any personal glee--I wasn't even worth taking pleasure in the crushing of, for this guy. Now all I have is the hate.
Jul. 13th, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC)
it sounds motivational.

but mostly, it sounds suckage. that kinda hate is never good for the karma, i guess.
Jul. 13th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's very motivational. I have a lot of motivational things like that, built up and still building up. I'm motivated to shoot the kneecaps off the world.

(And, yep, my karma is horrible. I'll be reduced to an ant for the next several cycles, I'm sure).
Jul. 13th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
the life of an ant doesn't sound that bad...
Jul. 12th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
I once got rejected for something I hadn't even submitted to a place. I had submitted to this one place and evidently they didn't want it, but forwarded it to a movie production company (I couldn't make this up) and then I got a rejection from the movie production company saying while they liked my premise, at this time they weren't buying novels.

Let's put that on a pedestal and examine it from all angles, shall we?
Jul. 13th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
that's a classy rejection that. much better than the rejection i got from an editor who was drunk, and then proceeded to tell me she hated everythign i'd ever written :)
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