Hunting around for a new job can be a thoroughly disheartening process.
It’s almost a relief to receive an email to inform you that, unfortunately, you haven’t been successful on this occasion in comparison to hearing nothing back at all.
But one woman who applied for a job shared the letter that dropped into her inbox afterwards – and people have said the contents of the email is “worse than the rejection”.
Twitter user @turnmyswagguon shared a screenshot of a section of the message, captioned: “I am CRYING at this job rejection email. Like I didn’t need all this???? I just saw a role posting and applied? Omfg.”
After breaking the bad news and advising her to keep a look out for other opportunities with them, it reads: “Until then, keep trying and keep applying. No one remembers the rejections; it only takes one ‘yes’ to change it all. But don’t take it from us, take it from these folks…”
It then references six examples of highly successful individuals who bounced back from rejection to achieve their dreams, including: “The Beatles were turned down by Decca Records executive, Dick Rowe, who believed that ‘guitar groups were on the way out’ and that ‘they had no future in show business’. We wonder how he feels now!”
The message also claims Jame Dyson went through 5,126 prototypes of his ‘bagless vacuum cleaner’ before finding one that worked, and that Michael Jordan was dropped from his high school basketball team before going on to win six NBA championships.
It ends: “May this rejection be a tiny and forgotten step on your road to the next big ‘yes’ — the one that really matters.”
Although well intentioned, the letter didn’t go down with the applicant, nor many others online, as the tweet racked up almost 4,000 likes with one person commenting: “Where on earth have they copied and pasted this from! ‘We wonder how Dick Rowe feels now??’ He died in 1986!”
A second joked: “Personally, hearing about James Dyson’s hoover failures would make me feel much better!!”
A third wrote: “This email is worse than the rejection.”
Someone else said: “Is this sweet or horrifying I can’t decide.”
And another added: “Doesn’t this make them lack of foresight? Like they could have created a superstar but they decided to become one of the many to pass a great talent??”
But one defended the letter, replying: “In this current climate, we all need rejection emails like this tbf. Throw in a meditation and yoga flow too or perhaps a rejection hamper of self-care goodies. It’s HARD out here.”