For My Amusement: Excerpts From Rejection Letters
"The Search Committee has reviewed an exceptional number of applications for this position and we were very impressed with the quality of many of the applicants. Upon careful review of your application, the committee felt that your accomplishments to date are truly commendable; however, we are unable to offer you a position at this time. We trust that you will be able to find a position that is compatible with your research interests and accomplishments and we offer our best wishes in your future endeavors."
"Thank you for the interest that you expressed in the faculty position. The Recruitment Committee has given serious consideration to your application. Yours was one of a number of excellent applications that we received. However, the Committee has decided to focus on other applicants."
>Thank you for responding to the advertisement for our faculty position. Although you did not make the short list for an >interview, we truly appreciate your interest and the opportunity to review >your resume. The decision was made particularly difficult because of the >large number of outstanding applicants. Although we have not reached a >final decision yet, we want to let you know the status of our search at >this time.
"After reviewing all of the application materials, we have selected to interview those whose skills, knowledge and
experience more closely meet the needs of the hiring department."
"Thank you very much for your application for a position.The search committee has now met, and I am sorry to say that we have decided not to pursue your application further. Both the number and the quality of the applicants have been very high, and we can interview only a limited number of people.
I am sorry that we cannot respond more positively, and I wish you success in your future work."
"Thank you for your interest in a faculty position in our department. Our recruiting committee has met several times over the past two months and has completed the review of your file. Over 250 total applications were received. We have decided to limit our interviews to 4 assistant candidates whose research focuses most closely complement and extend our current faculty in the department and across the institution. Unfortunately, we are not currently able to offer you an interview. I hope that your job search will be successful."