I was at my mom's house earlier tonight, and found an old file from college job recruiting days. It included a lot of letters like this one:

March 8, 1990

Dear Mr. Brill:

Thank you for the time you spent interviewing with us.  Our discussion of your interests, education and experience helped us better understand your qualifications.

After carefully evaluating your qualifications, we find your candidacy for employment to be competitive.  However, we do not have a position open in your area of interest at this time.

We will keep your application on file for six months and consider you on a competitive basis with others for appropriate jobs as they become available.

We genuniely appreciate your interest in IBM and again, thank you for the time you spent interviewing with us.

Recruiting Department
International Business Machines Corp.
The file had all sorts of interesting stuff, including a booklet entitled, "Careers at IBM".  It talks about the different jobs available within the IBM Corporation of fifteen years ago, including in the typewriter and office equipment departments.  I'm sure I can find some interesting stuff to quote from it over the next few days.
The story of my college recruiting experience with IBM is a fun one.  Most of you are familiar with the typical campus recruiting process.  At the time, IBM made prospective candidates take an aptitude test.  My recruiter told me that I scored the highest of anyone he had ever seen.  He arranged for me to interview for a Systems Engineer job in the IBM regional office in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
There was only one problem: I didn't own a car.  And at 20 years of age, I was too young to rent one.  And there was no real way to fly from Bloomington, Indiana, to Fort Wayne.
Solution: Greyhound bus.  So picture this -- here's Ed with a white shirt, blue suit, red tie, and wingtips taking a 6 AM Greyhound bus from Bloomington to Indianapolis.  At Indy, I transferred to another bus, which of course ran late into Fort Wayne.  My recruiter met me at the bus station and took me to lunch, where he proceeded to eat a sandwich and fries with a fork and a knife.  I did four interviews that day, but knew that I wanted to be in Chicago, not Fort Wayne.
Immediately thereafter, IBM decided to lay off about 10,000 people (think back to the John Akers era...).  For obvious reasons, I received the letter above.
I was working part time for Indiana University computing services at the time; the reaction of my then-boss to the rejection -- "You didn't want to work for those blue-suited bureaucrats, anyway!"

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