Wednesday, June 24, 2009

No, thank YOU

Re: Application for the position P 2141 Media and Communications Officer

Dear Miriam,

Thank you for your application for the Media and Communications Officer at the Alice Springs Town Council.

We received a high calibre of applications and unfortunately your application, on this occasion, was not successful.

I would like to wish you the all the best for the future.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss your application further.


Monday, November 05, 2007

Another one bites the dust

Dear Miriam

Junior Writer - Job Number 363566

Thank you very much for your interest in the position of junior writer and my apologies for taking this long to respond. We had an enormous number of applications for the role and I regret to inform you that we won't be proceeding further with yours at this stage. As this process has indicated, staff jobs in journalism are highly sought after and this is not an easy career to enter. However, many successful writers do get a start in journalism as contributors and freelancers - getting published eventually opens doors. I am always on the lookout for freelance contributors to the magazine, both as regular writers and for one-off ideas, and I would welcome your suggestions for stories in the future.

Thanks again for your interest and I look forward to hearing from you in the future,

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Dear Miriam

Thank you for your application for the position of Features Editor.

As you can imagine, we received a lot of applications for this role, and so after careful consideration, have decided not to take your application to the next stage, on this occasion.

Thank you for applying though, and I wish you all the best for the future.

Very best wishes

Friday, October 19, 2007

Tasteful but Harsh

Hi Miriam,

I'm emailing about your pitch for work. I'm really sorry, but I've offered the work to another author. Your pitch was fantastic, your work on the last guide was great, and I would have no hesitation whatsoever in commissioning you. It's just unfortunate for you that there's another keen and available author whose work is equally excellent, and she happens to live in XXX, which means a significant saving on research costs. I need to consider the book's profitability as well as its quality.

I haven't actually contracted XXX yet, but she's informally accepted my offer. If something unforeseeable happens and I'm suddenly looking for another author, I'll be in touch. But I wanted to let you know this news now rather than keep you hanging.

It's hard to know whether to deliver this news in person or by email. I'm more than happy to talk about it over coffee or something if you'd like to.

Thanks again for your pitch, and I'm sorry it hasn't worked out the way you'd hoped. I wish I could have contracted both of you.

And we're back!

Job harmony has meant this blog has been on the silent side for the last 18 months but I am happy to say that the hunt for gainful employment is on again. The feelers are out, the cover letters are being signed and I am ready to scrape the Saturday papers clean of their every last media/ comms/ arts/ advertising position just to bring you the lamest, most uncreative rejection letters in the business (and perhaps a new job for me somewhere in between a "...your application has not been successful" and "...we'll keep your details for future reference"). Here's hoping.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Hi Miriam,

Thanks very much for your application. Unfortunately this role has now been filled. I would however like to keep your details for future reference and should we find another suitable role I will contact you personally.

I would also encourage you to regularly check out our jobs on Seek ( and Jobnet ( and to apply to anything else of interest. We have a large turnover of roles so you will find new jobs are being added regularly. All the best with your job search and please feel free to contact me at any time.

Kind regards,

Rejection 2006

Hi Miriam

Thank you for your application and thanks also for clarifying your visa status in terms of your application. It was nice to talk to you (albeit briefly!) the other day.

Unfortunately I must advise that on this occasion, your application has not been successful.  We were fortunate to have a very strong pool of candidates for this role, a number of whom have commissioning experience and greater regional knowledge of Italy and Malta than yourself.  This was the main reason we chose to not pursue your application further on this occasion. 

Thank you again for taking the time to apply. If you would like more specific feedback on your application please don't hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes

Monday, November 07, 2005

Hello Miriam: thanks for your resume. Unfortunately I do not have anything available at the moment. Good luck with your quest for full time work.

Monday, August 29, 2005

A New Week, A New Rejection

Dear Miriam,

Thank you very much for your application for the position of Feature Writer.

While your application possessed some very interesting qualities, unfortunately you were unsuccessful at this time.

Thank you again for your interest in the position, and good luck with the search for a new job.

Kind Regards,