Dr. Eli Joseph, an American academic in behavioral finance, data analytics and quantitative finance, has announced the release of his new book The Perfect Rejection Resume.
Dr. Joseph is a partner and medical examiner at Quest Diagnostics and serves as a faculty member at the Columbia University of Professional Studies and Queens College, City University of New York. The Haitian American author is also a contributor to Entrepreneur and Inc. Magazine and has been featured on TEDx, Forbes, Harvard Business School, Black Enterprise, Sheen Magazine and the New York Post.
At the age of 20, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Queens College, City University of New York. At 21, he completed his master’s degree in business administration from Felician University, which he followed by being the first-ever to graduate to complete his doctorate at the age of 24.
From 2014 to 2019, Dr. Joseph submitted 853 applications to various schools, courses, colleges, and jobs. He was rejected from all but a few of them. “It was still the sting of those rejections that I held onto,” he says. “It is these rejections that was the stimulus for getting me to get where I am today.”
The foreword for the book is written by Dr. Gassam Asare, by no means a stranger to rejection herself. She discusses how Dr. Joseph’s book helps those with generational trauma that has been holding them back and she discusses her own setbacks. Dr. Gassam says there isn’t a ‘successful career’ without setbacks.
Many others share their own rejection resumes in this book. Rashaad Lambert, an award-winning marketing architect, philanthropist, and community builder, discusses 15 years of working to level the playing field for Black professionals. Jarry Lee, an agency-signed model, actor and musician discusses her own rejections and how they shaped her life and career.
Dr. Joseph credits another who is featured in his book — Daron K. Roberts — and by coining the term ‘Rejection Resume.’ Roberts is a renowned orator, university lecturer, former NFL coach, and author of Call an Audible (Greenleaf 2017).
stories of surviving and thriving after rejection