In a recent video posted to their TikTok, Tamsyn, @pur_purblock, did a “dramatic reading” of an awful rejection letter that they received from a job.
In the caption, they wrote that the letter “patronised [her] into a rage that can only be described as ‘firey’”.
The email began with the employer saying that Tamsyn’s application “wasn’t successful,” before making references to famous people who didn’t reach success right off the bat.
“We’ll cut to the chase: your application wasn’t successful,” they read from the screenshot of the email. “And who knows, maybe we’ve made a big mistake? Albert Einstein couldn’t land a job as a maths tutor for kids, and Spielberg got rejected from film school. Crazy right!”
The letter went on to express that a person may have to manage “a little failure” before reaching success in their life. The company also noted it doesn’t know “what the future holds” and that Tamsyn could join its team down the line.
“Guess the point is: Every great success story begins with little failure. We’ve had our fair share of failure too. Even though you won’t be joining us just yet, who knows what the future holds?” the letter continued, before concluding: “Perhaps you’ll prove us wrong (we certainly hope so). Stay hungry, stay foolish.”
As of 13 July, Tamsyn’s clip has more than 77,000 views, with TikTok users in the comments saying that they’d have rather been ghosted from a job than receive that rejection letter. Others noted that Tamsyn was better off not working at the company.
“I think I’d prefer just no answer oh my god,” one wrote.
“Dodged a bullet honestly,” another added. In response, Tamsyn wrote: “Literally, part of me couldn’t be happier they rejected me.”
Many viewers agreed that the email was “patronising” and even made jokes about the company. Some also shared their similar experiences with job rejections.
“Why does it feel like an elder millennial wrote this,” one person wrote.
“Urgh they sound like they do team building exercises and family bbqs,” another added.
A third viewer said: “This is more patronising than an email I got from a coffee shop company that basically said, ‘it’s the six month anniversary of us rejecting you.”
In the Reddit forum r/MakeMeSmile, Reddit user @effineeuphoria also shared a rejection letter, which had the same template as the one that Tamsyn. However, for @effineeuphoria, that email was the “most heartwarming rejection” that they have ever received.
In the comments of that Reddit post, which has over 72,700 upvotes, some people found the letter “condescending” while others said that it was better than getting “no response” from an employer at all.
The Independent has contacted Tamsyn for comment.