SHOW MORE RESPECT, SAYS YOUNG JOB SEEKER ACCIDENTALLY SENT ‘AWFUL’ CV NOTES
A graduate has declined an interview with an employer who accidentally included in their email invitation comments referencing her CV as being that of a “home-educated oddball” who it would be good to meet “if only for a laugh”.
Since the incident was first reported earlier this week, it has chimed with graduates everywhere, who say too many employers are still failing to treat young job seekers with the care and respect you deserve.
It all started when Anna Jacobs, from Horsmonden in Kent, applied for a position at Tonbridge-based firm Tecomak Environmental Services.
Replying to invite her for interview, the employer accidentally attached a report of internal comments on her CV, including suggestions by Tecomak staff that Anna was a “home educated odd ball” who “can’t get a job since leaving uni” and “forages for mushrooms.” Charming.
Another note added that it was “Difficult to assess from her CV – might be very good but equally could be a biscuit short of a packet or a left-wing loon tree hugger.”
Understandably, Anna was ‘furious’ when she read the comments, telling the BBC:
“This awful summary is attached and I thought how dare somebody say that about my CV and myself.
“That is basically like saying it is going to be a huge waste of time but let’s do it for a laugh and make up the numbers.
“I don’t want to be a number. I believe I have got a lot to offer and if that is all I am to an employer then please don’t invite me to an interview because it is just wasting everyone’s time.”
Anna told the BBC she would not be attending an interview with Tecomak but had others she needed to focus on. We’re glad to hear it. Best of luck, Anna. We’re right behind you!
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