It’s kicking up plenty of hate across the Internet, but one tech startup’s rejection letter to candidates—with 42 ways they can up their game—actually makes some good points.

Gawker recently published a rejection letter from a tech startup founder who included tips for job seekers who didn’t make the cut. In the letter, Shea Gunther notified more than 900 applicants, who had little to no chance of landing a gig at his new company, on how to improve their job seeking tactics—in 42 points, to be exact.

According to the rejected candidate who forwarded the email, Gunther’s correspondence was harsh and insensitive.

“I don’t find it helpful,” the rejected applicant wrote. “I just find it arrogant.”

I’d beg to differ. I think it’s to be commended that Gunther took the time to reply to rejected applicants to detail better ways of marketing themselves. His letter holds a few hard-to-swallow truths that many job seekers can benefit from. Several are common pet peeves of HR professionals, managers and entrepreneurs who review thousands of applicants per week.

Here are a few I found myself saying “Amen” to…

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  1. Prep't

    Feedback can be very helpful not only when you apply for a job but also when you go on an interview. Unfortunately, most candidates don’t get any feedback about how they did in an interview that can help them in future interviews. That’s one of the reason why we’re building Prept, to help job candidates from making the same mistakes over and over again in their interviews.

  2. TheSerialJobSeeker

    I think the “42 Do’s & Don’ts From a Dick” nailed it. This guy doesn’t want you to be cool, but then talks about his “crew” as if he and his staff travel in a pack riding skateboards together. Total wanker!

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