Salty rejection thoughts.

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The best part of today’s rejection was the last line:

P.s. Hope we will have the chance to consider you for another role in the future.

Yeah, because that’s sincere. (rolls eyes) Honestly, from my perspective it’d been better if they just wrote ‘P.S. Fuck You’. Perhaps if they write rejection emails like this, though, perhaps it’s better if they just don’t write rejections at all and just take to ghosting candidates like most companies do.

Why couldn’t they just stop at “Sincerely, Company Name”? Just end it there. Full stop. No more email.

Perhaps they could use someone like me in their office because I could teach them that writing “P.S.” statements in nameless, no-response rejection emails is patronizing, and makes them look stupid.

Am I salty? Sure am. I won’t hide that. I’ve spent three weeks jumping through fiery hoops for this company and was told I was one of the final three candidates. Then I got a nameless, donotrespond@ rejection email with an idiotic PS statement on the end? Again, it might have just been smarter on their part to ghost me.

I should write back and CC all of them. Reminder:

Dear donotrespond@, For the record, after three phone/skype interviews and umpteen emails back and forth between myself and your office discussing everything from my first year on the job to when I can travel out and see your workspace, I’m not sure why you felt a need to write your rejection email from a donotrespond@ email address. It’s not as if I don’t have ALL of your names and contact information at this point. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Vee. P.S. I hope that I have time to jump through more fiery, patronizing hoops for your consideration in the future.

Anyways, I haven’t responded. And I’m not going to. Though I WANT TO.

Perhaps the donotrespond@ email was an effort to remove themselves from the situation of having to reject me, whilst simultaneously trying to ‘lessen the blow’ with the P.S. statement? Who knows.

I do know that they have four other openings in their company right now, so perhaps I should apply to all four to take them up on their PS statement?

33 thoughts on “Salty rejection thoughts.

  1. I know you’re probably not looking for a real answer, but when I owned and ran a magazine, my partners (business people in other industries) made me hire an HR/Payroll/Compliance firm because I was clueless. Most of the protocols of the hiring and not hiring processes are simply done to cover any liability you may claim. At this point, there is nothing positive that can come out of engaging you, so for their own safety, they don’t want to hear from you. But, at least they did write because ghosting opens up an argument of liability. We always sent email and although it wasn’t from a donotrespond address, we blew them off while keeping their resume on file. It was that round file.

    Keep your head up. I tried to get 90 agents to rep my first book. None would touch it. Then, it took me directly contacting about 130 publishers before one agreed. It was hellish rejection on a Dante’s Inferno level I couldn’t imagine because it was my friggin’ memoir. Is there a more direct rejection of you than rejecting the events that happened to you? It was a dark time for me, but I came out stronger the other side. Having read enough of your stuff at this point, I know you’re going to be a great fit for the right company.

    I once worked at a call center and heard a piece of wisdom I’ve adapted to many parts of my life. If you’re at all spiritual, it helps. A guy told me that God/the Universe/a Higher Power had a plan for how many phone calls I would go in a row without selling the product. I wasn’t allowed to know how many calls that was. All I could do is have faith that there would eventually be another sale. Each failure was bringing me one step closer to the eventual pre-set number God put on me and I just had to go through the process. You know that you’re going to end up with a job. You just don’t know how many days it is going to be between now and when that happens. Try to convince yourself that each day is one day closer and that’s the best you can do right now. You’ll end up where you’re supposed to, you just don’t know when and that’s frustrating, but it’s part of the Universe’s plan.

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    1. Thanks for your response. For the record, I do like real answers. I was more so just ranting here than anything else. Sometimes I just get so frustrated that I have to try so hard and jump through so many hoops and it just seems like companies really dont give a damn.

      And again, I know I’m just ranting but there’s a difference between sending an email from addresses like jobs@ or info@ then from donotrespond@. Would it really be that out of line for me to email and ask what happens to the recorded video files of me now that I’m not selected? Since they didn’t disclose their policy for data collection at all during the hiring process…?

      Some days I just feel like it’s an awfully lopsided process and I get annoyed and need to rant.

      I get liability and totally hear you there. I’m also abundantly aware I’m whining about stupid shit. I am also fully used to rejection at this point of the year. But if liability was such a huge factor in their process then why would they open themselves up by saying “hope we get a chance to consider you soon”?

      Ps you dont have to answer this. I’m clearly just still whining.

      Thank you for your comment and for the reminder the universe has a plan. I sure hope the plan comes into place soon.

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      1. HAHA Thank you. Thank you very much for making me feel better.

        I thought for sure you’d jump on the sarcasm train when I wrote PS in my comment 🙂 lol

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      2. The @dontreply is really bad… but for the rest of it, I can tell you a very similar story which happened to me as a hiring manager earlier this year. I had to drop the candidate, whom I REALLY liked, and I really wanted to extend an offer to him. And we wrote him nicely about “maybe in the future”, because we meant it! And we actually contacted him again a month ago, because I still wanted to hire him and now I could. But he already went somewhere else.

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  2. You are spot on V.
    What a depressing way to manage people who really want to work for you.
    Please keep at it.
    Keep salty.
    If I was still in business I would have just loved having you work with me, with your talent, to drive my business forward.
    You are a breath of fresh air.
    The trouble is those you are dealing with don’t see it or feel it.
    Their loss.
    God I’m getting angry at the way you are being treated.
    I’m almost writing a blog here …. sorry.
    Best wishes and support as always 😎❤️

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    1. Don’t get angry! lol! Trust me, it’s not worth it. I try to not get angry. I get annoyed at certain things, but i try to remind myself the anger isn’t worth it. That’s far too much energy to waste on someone who matters not to my life. I’ll rant about it on my blog and then move onto the next opportunity.

      Thank you for the kind words. And the reminder that I’m capable of, and worth more than these stupid emails. It means a lot ❤

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  3. You probably didn’t intend this to be humorous at all but your reply was everything. I’m sorry companies lack such basic writing skills as to know when to stop. Idk who thought that P.S statement was a good idea.

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    1. HAHA, Well I am glad it came across as humorous. The PS statement was just so silly, I couldn’t help but rail on it. It sounds like something you’d say to a Kindergartner… ‘Timmy, you didn’t win the race, I’m sorry. But also, you’re a really, really good boy!’

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  4. Your blog posts are becoming more satire with each passing day and I can’t help but read them all. They resonate with Millenials, and your words are a sad yet truthful reminder that job searching is not all it’s cracked up to be. Are there any jobs to be had in the US? Idk why, but I used to think you were living in the US when I first started reading your blog.

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    1. I’d love to head South of the Border. I just don’t know how to do that. Because of their Work Visa restrictions a company that wanted to hire me would have to prove that no one in the USA could possibly fulfill the job they were hiring me to do. Given marketing/pr/digital marketing is a pretty wide field, I think that’d be a hard sell… especially with a Trump Whitehouse. I heard Visa applications were restricted by 30 percent when he got into the Whitehouse. Now that is jut speculation as I never actually looked it up. I just kind of tell myself it’s too saturated of a market.

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  5. Have I told you my philosophy for dealing with people?
    “Get used to disappointment” – Me
    I wouldn’t sweat the donotreply@ email. I’d almost guarantee that it’s auto-generated through their HRIS/ATS and someone just edited the PS into that basic form letter when they closed out the job requisition.
    Still, it was an epic level of awkward.
    F for Effort!

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    1. Thanks. Getting used to disappointment is so legit. It’s sad, but ti’s true. People always seem to disappoint in one way or another.
      I just don’t know why someone would think the PS line was something someone thought was a good idea. F for effort is absolutely right.

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  6. I know it’s a shitty thing to add to the end of a rejection email when it seems that they were so ready to hire you, but honestly I think it was just to soften the blow. And seriously you should apply for the other positions. Maybe they see you as a better fit there? Sincerely hoping you find something soon my friend ❤

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    1. Thanks. I’m not sure if I’m going to bother submitting my resume. They’d probably just think I was screwing with them at that point, which I’d likely be doing, actually. I just think their email was a ‘PFO’ but they wanted to soften the blow, like you said. So applying wouldn’t really do anything but waste my time in the submission process you know? I’m just ranting. Sorry!

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    1. Pretty much. Though one HR Manager above said she said that to someone before and she really meant it. So there’s a small chance they could have meant it, but I don’t really think they did. I think they were just trying to soften the blow.

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      1. I am not an HR person, I was a hiring manager, meaning that I was hiring a person who would report to me. I am still sad I could not hire this person, I like him A LOT. And at that time we actually had other positions opened, but they were not budgeted for me.

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    1. Had they left out the PS, I wouldn’t be considering applying for one of the other positions. Had it ended with ‘Sincerely, Company’ I would have said ‘This sucks, oh well, onto the next’. The PS made me specifically want to go and send my resume in for all other openings. lol

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      1. Cant tell if you’re just trying to poke du or not? I think the PS should never have been included. It should have just said “Sincerely Company”. Full stop. There’s no need for a PS in any rejection letter ever. Under any circumstance.

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