Q. I recently applied for a very interesting reporting position that I think I'd be great for, and about two days later got a rejection letter from the editor via the human resources department.

Do you think it would be worthwhile to write the editor back and say something to the effect of, "Hey! Don't reject me! I really think I can do great work for you and would love to be given the chance to prove it. Please reconsider and grant me an interview." Or, should I just go with something more conservative, like, "I'm sorry to learn that I don't meet your current needs, but I'd love to work for you someday, and will keep in touch with you as my career progresses to see if any positions open up that I might be better suited for."

Or would both just be obnoxious and pointless?

Thanks for your advice,


A. Of course, this depends entirely on the attitude of the editor. The second approach should not offend anyone. The more strident first approach might. Neither is likely to get you the job at this point. The promptness of the reply tells me that you didn't make the first cut -- this time.

Better luck with the next round.

Coming Monday: He seems to be pretty settled on going to grad school to boost his multimedia skills after he has his B.A., but there are a few things to consider as he chooses schools.