Rejection Letters (dot) Net


Ross, Dixon & Bell: Go F(orward) Yourself
April 9, 2008, 3:44 am
Filed under: Jobs, Law | Tags: , , ,

In this lawyer email gem, the HR rep was too lazy to do a full-on cut and paste of standard rejectext. Instead she just forwarded a previously used rejection, leaving the indents–and the different color text–in the bulk of the email. Hey, at least they changed the first name.

Subject: Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP

Dear [FIRST NAME],

> Thank you very much for expressing an interest in a position with our
> firm and providing us with a copy of your resume.
> We have recently completed hiring for our summer class of 200X and,
> unfortunately, will not be able to offer you a position for this
> summer. However, we hope that you remain interested in our firm and
> strongly encourage you to re-apply next Fall for the summer of 200Y.
> We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
>
>
>
> [REDACTED]
> HR Assistant
> Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP
> 2001 K Street
> Washington, DC 20006
> 202.662.2146
> http://www.rdblaw.com

No disclaimer!?!? Wow and this is a law firm? That alone puts this cover letter miles ahead of McDermott Will & Emery, with their whopping 83-word disclosure. So, kudos to you, lazy forwarding asses that you are.
Point breakdown after the jump:

  • Objective: +1 (“thank you”) -1/5 (“unfortunately”) +2 (encouraged to reapply) = 2.8
  • Subjective: -7 for the complete lack of initiative in forwarding the email (lawyer speak: punitive damages) = -7
  • Total: -4.2

All-in-all, not a terrible score considering it’s a bunch of lawyers. Until next time, keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the forward button.

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