Your Stories of the Rejection Letters That Changed Your Life — Or Didn't

Friday, February 22, 2013

rejection letter (Marc Moss/flickr)

As part of our ongoing series on the value of letter-writing, we asked you to tell us about letters that have brought bad news — and whether those letters changed your life.

We heard stories of jobs that never materialized — and wives who did instead — and consider famous rejections sent and received by the likes of Kurt Vonnegut, the editors of MAD magazine, and Mister Rogers.

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [2]

A.B. from Brooklyn

In some ways, I'd rather get a rejection letter than nothing. At least that provides some closure. Some of these employers don't get back to you at all--even if you've had several interviews with them--and they won't respond to messages inquiring about the status of your application, even weeks after your last interview. It's not just frustrating, it's rather rude.

Feb. 22 2013 04:05 PM
Joan Mokray from Franklin Lakes, NJ

My worst rejection letter was from Cameron Iron Works, which can be nameless. After all it was 1974 when they said they wouldn't hire me because I didn't fit in with the kind of men they usually hire.

Feb. 22 2013 04:01 PM

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