Friday, 01 February 2002
Mr D Paul
Dear Mr Paul
VACANCY REFERENCE: 52600 WEB PRODUCER REGION: GLOUCESTER
Thank you for submitting your application for the Web Producer role located in Gloucester.
I am now writing, with regret, to inform you that your name has not been placed on the shortlist of candidates to be invited for interview. I am sorry if this is disappointing for you.
We heard about your previous Internet projects and, quite frankly, you scare us.
You may also like to note that calling our head of human resources a "skank ho" does not gain you any plus points when being shortlisted for a position.
p.p. Sandra Hahn
I'm going to play devil's advocate here and say I understand some of this recruitment advisor's wariness in considering this gentleman for a position. Clearly a person who would call a complete stranger a "skank ho" without knowing for sure the individual's degree of skankiness or indeed if said individual engages in prostitution (human resources managers earn upwards of $70K a year, but some people just have to have their cake and eat it too) could use some work in the people skills department. But I do believe that the "quite frankly you scare us" line was a bit much. The internet is all about artistic license. If it wasn't for the emotionally interesting, we wouldn't have Super Mario incest slash fiction or nude Simpsons fan art. Why do you hate art, Ms Oliver?
Globally we are in the grips of an unemployment crisis. Hundreds of thousands of bright, creative individuals are without work because some hiring managers can't keep their personal biases out of the office. It needs to stop, and it needs to stop now.