THE POSTCARD OF REJECTION

With the two members of this household both seeking employment, the rejection letters and phone calls are piling up… not to mention the countless possible employers we never even hear back from. My roommate, however, recently received the most impersonal job-seeking rejection I’ve ever seen.

The wording of the rejection was fairly standard — basically, “we aren’t interested in you, your gifts, talents or work history at this time.” The parts that seemed totally impersonal were: a) it was a POSTCARD and not a letter (thus you don’t even warrant a piece of paper and an envelope) and b) the card didn’t even address her personally. It said:

DEAR APPLICANT:

Dear applicant? I read that and thought, “at least reject me personally!” as if the rejection would hurt less or mean more because they thought enough to reject me by name. My roommate, however, thought it was funny and blogged about it herself. Now, she uses it as a motivational tool with me when I face another rejection. “Just think of it this way,” she says. “At least you didn’t receive the postcard of rejection!”

If I do receive a postcard of rejection, we would then have two and that would constitute a collection. Maybe we can charge an admission fee to see our collection of rejection and that can help us pay our rent. I’m going to present this idea to my roommate and see what she thinks. Sadly, I think I may be rejected again. 😉

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