Take Rejection like a Fucking Champ

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I take rejection like a fucking champ. You have to, it’s the only way to fly. But I spend so much time writing out application articles these days, for so many writing positions that I never get, that I thought I may as well start bunging them on the blog.

By the way I’m not at all embittered towards this company for not giving me the job, it’s totally their call who they decide is right for the role.

I’d be interested to know what answers I could have given that would have persuaded my application more. If anyone else has an idea, I’m all ears. BTW the images are not directly relevant to the subject matter, just an effort to break up the text.


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How would you define a brand?

I would look at the brands history, it’s narrative, what message is it trying to communicate with the consumer, how it positions itself amongst its competitors and importantly what are its philosophies. Is it eco-conscious, health conscious, etc

What do you feel makes a successful piece of communication? Please list three qualities or attributes.

A successful piece of communication is one that comes from a place of honesty. One that has a transparent agenda and can enrich the listener in some way. People should feel nourished in some capacity after digesting a successful piece of communication and will subscribe or return to the platform or voice for more trusted quality produced content. It has to be creative, well written and with an element of surprise. Maybe the surprise could be an interesting fact? Or a light joke or a personal anecdote.

  1. Honesty
  2. Quality
  3. Surprise

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Can you give an example of a piece of communication you’ve seen recently that you found particularly impressive? Please explain why you were impressed by it.

I watch Ted Talks whenever I can and my girlfriend recently put me on this talk by Itay Talgam who speaks about conductors and their roles. I was impressed by the delivery of the speaker, engaging the audience and how he demonstrated contrasting leadership skills and the effects those had on the orchestra. The surprise element for me was discovering the conductor Leonard Bernstein who conducts using only tiny facial expressions.

Can you offer an example of a time when you had a lot of work and a tight deadline? Please outline how you dealt with the situation.

I once heard somewhere that writers don’t need time they need deadlines. I personally thrive on deadlines and am much more focused when I’m given them. I was given the task of writing about St James Fashion show for LFWM (London fashion Week Mens) formerly LCM (London Collection Mens) and had to turn around an article on the same day to get it to press. Including imagery which was quite demanding. However, I negotiated the task by sketching out a few ideas before the show, listing the people I knew would be there and doing some research on various brands that were exhibiting for the first time. Most of the heavy lifting was done before I even got to the show and I formulated my opinions and sketched those out whilst at the show itself.


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Hi Peter,

Thank you very much for taking the time to answer the questions we sent and for your interest in XXXXXXXXXX. We were very impressed by your application, however we felt on this occasion that there were candidates with experience better suited to the role, so will not be progressing to an interview at this time.

We will be advertising more positions in the coming year, so I hope that you’ll keep us in mind and consider applying again. In the meantime, we wish you the best of luck with your job search and future professional endeavours.

Best wishes,


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2 Comments

  1. Jeremy Ruggles
    August 3, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    Looks like the usual reply, they always want experience but how is anyone to get that without a try. I would have employed you Pete! Great application.

    • August 3, 2017 / 10:11 pm

      Thanks Jeremy. It is a bit of a catch 22. I could publish a dozen of these a day. I can tell by the first two words of the email if I’ve got the job or not. Can you believe I got through 3 stages of interviews for one job last week, finally they offered me the job, found out there was no money. HA! I just laughed then cried, then cried laughing. I told the missus thats how tough it is out there ATM, you need to get through 3 rounds of interviews just to get a job that doesn’t pay.

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