While many organizations give you the cold shoulder, one company sent a creative rejection letter to a candidate, which many people found refreshing on social media.
Rejection is inevitable in job hunting, and no matter how much we try to sugarcoat it when we get rejected, the constant reminder of the "I'm not good enough" feeling follows and tends to linger. Hiring processes can be frustratingly opaque to candidates, and when you combine that with the odds of you landing the job you applied for, it can easily make us feel defeated and hopeless. While many organizations give you the cold shoulder, go silent, stop responding to any follow-up questions about the job position, or send you a plain "Sorry, you did not get hired" email with no educational pointers and constructive criticisms, one company sent a creative rejection letter to a candidate, which many people found refreshing on social media.
In a recent Reddit post shared by u/SIP-BOSS on the infamous r/antiwork thread, the user shared a picture of an email that was sent by a company called DoorLoop, a software company for property management that enables clients to screen tenants, collect rent, manage and grow profits. The candidate interviewed for a position at the organization and did not get selected, for which they sent a rejection letter. "Thank you again for investing your time and effort with DoorLoop. You are obviously extremely talented, and we are honored that you considered us," the letter began. "Although it was not an easy decision for us, as we were impressed by your experience, we decided to go in another direction for this role."
The company went on to provide some astounding instances, like the most successful businessman Elon Musk, the producer and animator Walt Disney, and the former NBA champion Michael Jordan. "Walt Disney was fired because his editor said he 'lacked imagination and had no good ideas.'" They added, "Elon Musk was rejected from several emerging tech companies, including Netscape," and "Michael Jordan was cut from his high school varsity team." DoorLoop continued and shared some words of encouragement for the candidate. "All of them turn setbacks into success stories. We try to do the same at DoorLoop and encourage you to do the same."
Starting any new job is not an easy journey, but with the right background and skills, the move will be easier for everyone involved. When organizations promote potential employees from within, no matter what level, they feel truly valued, and employees have room to grow and improve in their careers. In any tight employment market, promoting talent from within allows employees to maintain high morale and solid retention, making them better prepared for their roles and the road ahead. Fellow Redditors in the comments were lauding the company for sending such an empathetic rejection letter and wished many companies would do the same.
"This email is fine. Having a little more humanity in the workplace is what we WANT," said u/RedPayaso1. "It's much better than the standard of never calling you back or just saying they picked someone better," added u/Dez2011. "I kinda appreciate that message. They understand success and know you will find it elsewhere," wrote u/Reggaeshark1001. However, some also criticized the company for not sharing any personal pointers that can be helpful for the candidate in the future. "I received a rejection letter like this once, and it just feels backhanded. Like, you're willing to say I have the potential for great success, but you aren't interested in being the company that helps me attain it? You'd rather that opportunity go to another company?" shared u/Forward_Ad6168. "Notice how they don't tell you why you were rejected? It's because a human being never saw your application. You got rejected via the ATS," noted u/lord_scuttlebutt.