Sometimes bad news is really good news, although we don't know it at the time.
* You're fired from a job and as a result end up in one that's far better for you.
* You don't get a job offer from the company you hoped would give you one, which means that you're free to accept the offer from your dream company a month later.
* You don't get the job and later hear that the boss is an abusive tyrant.
With so many people dealing with bad news in their job search, I thought it could be interesting to hear what bad news you've encountered that you later were grateful for. Any stories from you guys?