Refreshing honesty

It is so refreshing to see  people be honest with each other.

A businessman dismayed by the quality of job applicants has responded by sending them all a few helpful hints – make sure you actually want the job you apply for, learn to spell, and avoid the word “bubbly”.

Thorndon Antiques and Collectables owner David Harcourt received 200 applications after advertising for a retail assistant in Wellington, but found that many of them were not really seeking the advertised job.

At least 30 applicants said they wanted to be a teacher or an artist.

“I suggest there are two possible ways for applicants to deal with this problem,” he said in an email to all 200 jobseekers. “One is to hide the fact that you don’t really want the job but are applying only because you have nothing better to do, or because you won’t get the unemployment benefit unless you make such applications.

“However, a far better course, in my view, would be not to apply at all.”

He thanked them all for applying but offered some further tips. He advised them to double-check spelling and grammar, avoid describing themselves as “bubbly” and include details on education.

“Many applicants said little or nothing about their schooling … I was rather dismayed at this, so here is some friendly advice from a complete stranger: if you have no or little education, go back to school now.”

I predict that Helen Kelly and Darien Fenton will be bursting forth any time soon with missives about this employer and seeking to ban or curtail his business forthwith. Some of the applicants apparently didn’t like being told they were tits.

One of the 200 applicants, Canadian Amanda Priebe, said she thought the response was outrageous, and she felt insulted at its “disrespectful, arrogant tone”.

Mr Harcourt said yesterday that three people who had taken umbrage had contacted him, but 40 had emailed back thankful for the advice.

“I didn’t have the time to write back to everyone and say, `Well, the reason that I didn’t hire you is you’re an idiot’ and so forth.

“I was just trying to help a group of people who had taken the time to apply for a job.”

He has since filled the position, and is looking for an extra employee.

Yes I like the cut of his jib. People shouldn’t really be offended at being called idiots…when they are idiots.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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