Confession: I am imperfect. A reject. Do not accept.
And these, these are my favorite:
Unfortunately, you were not selected for a position for this cycle. Please do not take this as a negative reflection on your qualifications or merit, but rather as an outcome of a difficult and competitive process involving thousands of applicants.
How shall I interpret this? Unfortunately – unfortunate indeed – this cycle of laundry is too damn full; I’m not competitive enough.
We regret that we could offer the scholarship to only one student. Although you were not selected to receive the award this year, the committee heartily applauds your accomplishments.
I’m sorry if I’m not the tastiest bowl of soup.
At this time, we are unable to offer you a position. Our process is extremely competitive, with far more qualified applicants than available positions.
Really, applicants? Way to go.
Unfortunately I have to tell you that we have not decided in favor of your application.
Blunt. I like it.
It is my unhappy duty to tell you that you are not one of the nominees.
As opposed to it being a happy duty?
Inadequate? Don’t doubt it. Don’t want it? You’ve got it.