Burden of Proof—Check Before You Reject!

Burden of Proof—Check Before You Reject!

A rejection letter posted on Twitter has created an online stir, not only for its embarrassing sloppiness, but for what the position is and who the employer is! The job was for an editorial assistant, and the employer is a media content company designated “one of America’s most promising companies” by Forbes! Amanda Mester, a music journalist who applied for the job, told Alex Dalenberg, of the Upstart Business Journal, that when she received the rejection letter, she was both shocked and amused to find it was riddled with grammatical errors, which Dalenberg says “could easily double as a copy-editing test complete with missing words and poor syntax.” The letter was unsigned. Mester decided to copyedit the rejection letter, return it to the company—and post it to Twitter. The post was picked up by numerous media, including Good Morning America (GMA). The publishing company has made no public comment on the post, and Mester told Dalenberg that she has not heard from the company either. Mester told GMA that she has received comments on social media that she may have jeopardized her career by making the post. However, she has received some inquiries from other publishing companies, but no firm offers yet. Hope those letters were proofed first! –

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