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Friday, January 16, 2009

Smiling At A Rejection Letter

A month ago I applied for a "professional" blogging position at a local renewable energy corporation. I have a relatively good amount of knowledge regarding renewable energy and sustainable development and felt I was a strong candidate. But, I knew this would be a hot job that a lot of people would compete for. I expected that if I didn't get an interested email back in a short time span, I'd never hear back at all.

But, I am happy to say I got an email back. I wasn't given the position, but it makes me happy that the human resources rep took the time to send this. It shows real quality in a company that treats it's applicants well along with it's employees.

Can anyone else relate to being semi-grateful for a rejection letter?

Here is the email. I debated on posting it, but I think this company and this founder deserve some recognition.

Thank you for applying for the Professional Blogger position. We were overwhelmed with the number of responses and pleased to read through the qualifications of so many talented people. Unfortunately, we could choose only two to be our chief editors and have selected two outstanding candidates to fill the positions. The new blog is now live at URL. As a professional blogger and supporter of renewable energy we hope that you will help make #### #### #### a success by visiting the site, contributing comments, and sharing the blog with your friends. As the blog matures we will be looking for contributing writers so we hope that you will also join the #### #### #### network and become a frequent contributor. Together we will achieve energy independence, one community at a time.

Thank you again for applying for this position and best of luck with your future endeavors.

Sincerely,

### ####


6 comments:

stephanerd said...

Every time I get a rejection letter, I feel as if I'm just a little closer to success.

Anonymous said...

If you look more closely, your respinse wasn't from a human resorce rep. It's from the blog owner. I think that means even more.

JR Moreau said...

Anonymous, I actually realized this after I wrote the post. The CEO of the company writing these responses is encouraging. Yr. point is well taken.

Steph, hopefully I'm so close I'll be tasting it next time!

Anonymous said...

Just as a precaution, you might want to remove the private info from the email :)

JR Moreau said...

Might Anonymous be the owner of the blog? Either way, I respect that comment and will remove the personal info. Thanks for the input.

Therese Haberman said...

I used to send those out myself and I do know what you mean. It is at least a validation that you were a real candidate with solid credentials. You should feel good about that. Sorry you are leaving Today. I will follow your other blog. Therese