Comic Relief: Job-Seeking Humor – Volume 4

September 7, 2010 at 12:01 am 4 comments

Now that we’re past Labor Day, and summer breaks are mostly behind us, job-seekers are probably hunkering down and trying to get back to their daily grind of hunting for employment. To ease everyone back into the work world, I figure – what better time than now for me to take yet another break from my usual “advice for job-seekers” mission, and offer up this 4th blog of pure humor?! [See “Volume 1”, “Volume 2” and Volume 3” for the last three editions of this popular side-trip!] After all … it’s always good to start off a new work week with a good laugh.

Once again, I’ll point out that I fully realize that being unemployed is generally not a laughing matter. However, much like “gallows humor,” the intention of “job-seeking humor” is quite simple: to lift the spirits of people who are in an otherwise depressing situation. I’m a firm believer that maintaining a sense of humor is a key component to positive mental health. And I’m a still a tough critic when it comes to job-seeking humor. I figure, if it makes me laugh out loud, it’s worth sharing here!


In the category of Videos, the following clip is called “David Pedersen’s Video Resume.” Not long ago, “Video Resumes” were touted as the newest “hot technology” in recruiting – but they never really caught on in the mainstream. This clip appeared on YouTube a couple of years ago, and no one is really sure if David Pedersen is an actual person, or just an actor hired by some devious filmmakers … was this supposed to be an actual video resume by a recent grad, or simply a parody? Without going totally over the line, it’s just ridiculous enough that it inspired debate and controversy about its authenticity. Personally, I think it’s just absolutely hysterical. (My favorite moment in this video is the smarmy look he gives the camera at 0:13!) I just never get tired of watching this clip:


In the category of Cartoons, here are some more miscellaneous funnies that I couldn’t fit into any other blog articles, but I think are hilarious nevertheless … and deserve to be shared here:


Finally, in the category of “Letters I Wish I Could Send,” here’s a little something for any job-seeker who has ever received a standard Rejection Letter or Rejection Email from a company after you’ve applied to and/or interviewed for a job. It is a template for a tongue-in-cheek “Rejection of Your Rejection Letter.” I’m not sure where this letter originated … different variations of it have appeared on numerous websites over the years, and yet it always seems timely. Use this at your own risk:


To Whom It May Concern:

Thank you for your letter of [date of the rejection letter]. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me employment at this time.

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 [Name of the Company]’s 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.

I look forward to working with you. Best of luck in rejecting future candidates.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. shebamarx  |  September 7, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I love the rejection letter. And in the category of blogs, see

  • 2. J  |  September 8, 2010 at 12:15 am

    These comics are quite amusing. Doom and gloom abounds across the world at all times and if we didn’t poke fun at things, we’d all be miserable bags of glumness all day long.

    Realistically, if you’re not starving to death in a third world country or living in a war torn region, things can’t be going that badly for you.

    If anything, blogs like this and cartoons and comics that can keep people laughing do more for the general population’s happiness than not having them around. Thanks, Michael.

  • 3. Eva Wong  |  September 8, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Thanks for sharing, this is great! Being unemployed is definitely no fun, but bringing some levity into the situation helps to put things in perspective. Thanks for reminding people how to laugh. We just need to think of this transition period as an adventure that one day down the line, we can all really have a good laugh about. Good luck to everyone with their search!

  • 4. Karen Rogers  |  September 8, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I agree with the other comments and appreciate the humor in your article. I created 2 draft versions of a “Letter I wish I could send” in response to an interview I had with an institution. Hope you enjoy the humor…

    Dr. xxxx:

    Thank you again for the opportunity to meet your staff and see the xxxxx facilities! I have enclosed my travel receipts for you to process. Total mileage to and from xxxx was xxxx mi., however I wasn’t sure how you reimbursed travel, so I also included expenses for gas. Itemized, it totals up as follows:

    Mileage 590 mi.
    Gas $81.00
    Tolls $34.90
    Meals $20.38
    $136.28 + mileage

    My husband and I have discussed the options (of which you are the only one at this point) and since we’re gambling type of folk, go ahead and throw my name in the hat for further consideration. I can’t take much more rejection these days and the fact that you will be moving my application “forward” will at least give me the false hope that someone still wants me to work for them. Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you again and I hope to hear from you soon!

    Dr. xxxx:

    Thank you again for the opportunity to meet your staff and see the xxxx facilities! I have enclosed my travel receipts for you to process. Total mileage to and from xxxx was xxx mi., however I wasn’t sure how you reimbursed travel, so I also included expenses for gas. Itemized, it totals up as follows:

    Mileage 590 mi.
    Gas $81.00
    Tolls $34.90
    Meals $20.38
    $136.28 + mileage

    After careful consideration of the roles and responsibilities for this position, I have decided to withdraw my application from consideration. I’m sure that you will find a suitable candidate to fill the position since the program is very good. I on the other hand will continue to plod away looking for jobs that don’t exist hoping to wake up from this nightmare hoping it was only a dream. Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you again and I hope to hear from you soon!


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Michael Spiro

About the Author:

Michael Spiro has been a 3rd-Party Recruiter and Account Executive for over 20 years. He is currently the Director of Recruiting / NE Ohio Region for Jefferson Wells, a dedicated business unit of ManpowerGroup. Other recent positions include President of Midas Recruiting, a boutique head-hunting firm, Director of Talent at Patina Solutions, and Executive Recruiting positions with two of the largest search firms in North America. Before his career in the staffing industry, Michael was a manager in a large non-profit social-services organization. And in a former life, Michael was active in the entertainment industry, with extensive road-warrior experience as a touring performer (singer-songwriter / guitarist / comedian) and as a recording artist, producer and booking agent.  [More...]

Index (by Topic):

Résumés & Cover Letters:
 The "T" Cover Letter - The
         Only Type Worth Sending

 The Brutal Truth on How
         Résumés Get Eliminated

 Explaining Short Job Stints
         and Employment Gaps

 The Résumé Test &
         Checklist: Does Yours

 Beating the Résumé-
         Elimination Game: Where
         Do Recruiters' Eyes Go?

 The Truth About Lying on

 "Why Did You Leave Your
         Last Job?"

 How to Network: A
         Step-by-Step Guide for
         Job Searching

 Looking for Networking in
         All the Wrong Places

 Targeted Networking: How
         to Effectively Reach Out

 The Art of Giving: the Key to
         Effective Networking

 Face-to-Face Interviews:
         Secrets, Tricks and Tips

 Phone Interviews: Secrets,
         Tricks and Tips

 Skype Interview Tips ...
         Welcome to the Future!

 Nuggets: A Secret
         Interviewing Technique

 Answering the Dreaded
         Salary Question

 20 Surefire Ways to Blow
         an Interview

 "So, Do You Have Any
         Questions?" Nailing the
         Interview Closer

 Cool InfoGraphic: "What
         You Wish You'd Known
         Before Your Job

Age Discrimination:
 Age Discrimination: Secret
         Conversations Revealed

 Age Discrimination:
         Exposing Inconvenient

 Are You "Overqualified?"
         Handling the Age Issue

 Baby Boomers to the
         Rescue! An Idea Whose
         Time Has Come ...

 Overcoming Job-Search
         Obstacles and
         Redefining Your Career
         After 50

 Advice for Recent Grads
         and Career-Changers

Switching Jobs:
 The Proper Way to
         Quit a Job

 Counteroffers: Just Say No!

General Job-Seeking Info:
 The Real Truth About
         Working with Recruiters

 Contract/Consulting Jobs
         Explained ... Available in
         3 Different Flavors

►  What Recruiters Say
         vs. What Job-Seekers

►  The Dirty Truth About
         Misleading Unemployment

►  Let the Jobs Find You:
         Making Yourself More

 "Help ... I Need a Job!" A
         9-Step Guide for Newly
         Minted Job-Seekers

 Avoiding the "Black Hole
         of HR"

 Is Your Elevator Pitch
         Taking You UP
         or DOWN?

 Time Management: Recipe          for a Well-Balanced Job          Search
 Getting Un-Stuck from your

 The Double-Whammy of
         Rejection and Isolation

 "Unemployed Need Not
         Apply" - Working Around
         This Scary Message

 Using Social Media to
         Enhance Job-Searching

 Warning: That Rant You
         Posted Just Went Viral!

 The Golden Rule for
         Business: Never Burn

 The Power of a Positive

 Why Job Hunting is a
         Consultative Sales

 Top 10 Most Helpful Things
         for Job Seekers

 Top 10 Most Annoying
         Things for Job Seekers

 New Year's Resolutions for
         Unemployed Job-

Job-Seeking Humor:
 Comic Relief: Volume 1
 Comic Relief: Volume 2
 Comic Relief: Volume 3
 Comic Relief: Volume 4
 Comic Relief: Volume 5
 Comic Relief: Volume 6
 "In Transition" and Other
         Awkward Euphemisms

 Candidates Gone Wild:
         Recruiter Horror Stories

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