I'm borrowing this from Personal Growth and Development for the Book Smart - Check out his Blog - it's great and makes you think!
"Personal Development for the Book Smart
How to Handle Rejection
Posted: 23 Jan 2008 11:48 PM CST
I love a good laugh once in a while, especially at things that are witty and fun.
This guy really impressed me with the way he handled rejection. We can learn a lot from him, can’t we?
Herbert A. Millington
Chair - Search Committee
412A Clarkson Hall, Whitson University
College Hill, MA 34109
Dear Professor Millington,
Thank you for your letter of March 16. After careful consideration, I
regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me
an assistant professor position in your department.
This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually
large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field
of candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all refusals.
Despite Whitson’s outstanding qualifications and previous experience in
rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at
this time. Therefore, I will assume the position of assistant professor
in your department this August. I look forward to seeing you then.
Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.
Chris L. Jensen "
Again from Personal Development for the Book Smart (wish I could take rejection that well).