From Filosofer PhD, the story of their first PFO:
I am excited to report that I have received my first official rejection letter of the season. (From a summer ad, not a fall ad.) Kudos to this institution for informing me promptly that I'm not on their shortlist, but shame on them for the passive voice:In this spirit, my first PFO (which didn't even mention whether I am an academic or not; should I be concerned?!?!):
While you were not placed on the shortlist it was our experience that a good number of the applicants were clearly academics with the training and ability to satisfy the professional requirements we had for the position.
What I really like here is the phrase "a good number of the applicants were clearly academics." Well, that's good, I guess! Of course, they didn't tell me whether I myself was among those who are clearly academics, but I'm going to console myself with the thought that I probably was.
I am very sorry to have to tell you that your application has been unsuccessful. We received an overwhelming response to the advertisement with 160 applications received; an incredibly high number were exceptional applications and the selection process has not been easy.Well, at least they're equal opportunity with
I should like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in this vacancy and to wish you well in the future.
Though, I'll take those well-wishes any day. I need them.
-- Jaded Dissertator