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Thursday, February 25, 2010

How I landed my first job 20 years ago!

Dear Mr. Onassis

Thank you for your letter of April 17. After careful consideration I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me a chartering position with your firm.

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 your companies outstanding qualifications and previous experience in rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet with my needs at this time. Therefore, I will initiate employment with your firm immediately following graduation. I look forward to seeing you then.

Best of luck in rejecting future candidates.

The Wannabe Shipbroker
(and I have never looked back!)


  1. Interesting approach. Personally, maybe I would have failed for it then, but definitely not these days.

  2. Absolutely brilliant. Similar to what an ex-boss of mine did, only better. If nothing else they can't help being impressed by the persistance, right? I'm not saying it always pays off and you must have had a few other good arguments or references, but it might just swing the balance in your favour. In spite of Jebus' comment, I think these guts are as valuable today as ever...

  3. KP

    Thanks for the vote of confidence. Someone once said "never let the truth get in the way of a good story". That certainly applies here. The way I really got my first job is a lot less interesting.

    University ....3 job interviews.....2 offers...

    The rest is shipping folklore (to me anyway)