Rejection Haikus, or Yeah, I Could Be a Mime — 32 Comments

  1. It sucks that you didn’t get the job, but given the long commute and the fact that you would have to do boring number-related stuff all day, it’s probably for the best.

    The idea of “rejection Haikus” is totally brilliant. You should write a book of them. They could span multiple genres (work, love, parenting, dieting, sports, etc.). Do it!
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  2. I’m working in a job I hate. I keep telling myself I really need to get another job but every job I’m qualified for looks like more of the same old same old. So I admire you for actually having the ambition to keep trying.

    Rejection Haikus should completely become a new trend.
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  3. Hey, this was a really nice piece ‘to camera’ – I really enjoyed reading it, and you know, in spite of the rejection and all the impact it had/has, this piece feels quite chipper. Which makes me happy.

    And I’m glad you didn’t get the crappy job. I hope that you do get A job soon, cos money/esteem/giving back/being part of/yadda yadda, but it’s not worth getting harpified for. So there’s that.
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  4. I’ve driven in LA and just the thought of that kind of commute made my stomach flip. It sounds like it was for the best, although I get the sting. I think there is absolutely a market for rejection haikus! Hell, they could just pay you to write some for them! 🙂 seriously, though, hope you find something you want soon!
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  5. That commute sounds beastly. Still, I am sorry for the disappointment. I once made it to a third interview for a job, and had to perform a lesson for a panel, and then I never heard back. Not that I’m bitter. A haiku would have taken some of the sting out of it.
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  6. I totally agree. Some places won’t even notify you. You go back online and see “position filled” or “position withdrawn” and you never even got a notice. Applying for a job is hard as it is. I would at least like to be notified that I’ve been rejected. Keep trying though, there’s something out there for you.
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  7. You could totally write a small volume of rejection haiku poems. It would be the perfect gift for that friend who is in the same boat as you. You could branch out and add some for college rejections (I specialized in those!) and auditions for various performing groups.
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  8. When my husband and I lived in Las Vegas I worked at a home care company as the new client, schedule, initial interview girl. I also had to answer all the phone calls from angry clients that no one else wanted to take.

    When I was being trained my boss told me to “build a shit sandwich” when delivering bad news – be it handling conflict with current employees, rejecting people who we’ve interviewed, or handling a particularly loony 86 year old woman who’s convinced the girl who sees her three times a week stole a box of her dead cat’s toys.

    A shit sandwich is pretty self explanatory – tell them something nice, slide in the bad news, and close it with another compliment and cheer. The cheer is the cherry on top, or the mustard, or whatever condiment you might put on a sandwich, I’m not here to judge.

    But if I had the opportunity to purchase the services of a Rejection Haiku Specialist my job would have been easier.
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  9. Fun post. I like how this post gives us the visual of the shrieking harpy and then shares how, even if the job wasn’t a fit, it still stings not to get picked. I can relate. I’ve done that. Even when we know someone or something isn’t a good choice, we still want to be chosen.
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  10. You could totally get a job writing rejection haikus. People would eat that up! Also, do you find it ironic that you wrote this and then did NOT get rejected for VOTY? 😉 I am SO happy for you- you very much deserved to get that honor, and I can’t wait to see you again at BlogHer this year! Congratulations, my most talented friend!
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  11. It sounds all cliché and yada yada, but I honestly believe that everything happens for a reason and that you didn’t get the crappy job because the job you want is right around the corner. And then you’ll be writing the
    ‘I’ve kicked ass all along’ haikus.
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