Recruitment Executive Jobless After Expletive-Filled Mass Email
One recruitment executive has become unemployed himself after telling a jobless hopeful to "f*** off... you are too stupid to get a job, even in banking."
Manos Katsampoukas wanted a job in finance or marketing. So he emailed 4,000 U.K. recruitment firms a short and polite note with his resume attached, reports The Sun. "Dear Sirs," he began. "Kind Regards," he signed off.
Was it wrong for Katsampoukas to send a mass email, as opposed to individualizing them? Was it inappropriate for him to have all the recipients visible, as opposed to concealing them behind the nifty smokescreen of Bcc?
Perhaps. But whatever digital faux pas Katsampoukas made, it's not as bad as the reply he received from Gary Chaplin, a recruitment executive at Stark Brooks, a leading headhunting firm.
"I think I speak for all 4000 people you have emailed when I say, 'Thanks for your CV' - it's nice to know you are taking this seriously and taking the time to make us all feel special and unique," he beings with a generous dose of semi-restrained snark.
He then goes on to call rival recruiters "c**k-jockey retards," and one specifically an "opportunistic thunder***."
"Yours hitting the delete button. Have a nice day!" he signed off, before hitting "reply all."
Chaplin was clever enough to send the email under the pseudonym "Richard Vickers." Unknown to Chaplin, however, there is actually a U.K. recruitment executive called Richard Vickers, who could very quickly deny any involvement. Chaplin's IP address was traced, and his cover blown.
And of course this whole affair played out before the eyes of 4,000 leaders in Chaplin's industry. "Telling a candidate, however misguided he may be, to f*** off is appalling," replied one of the recipients. "It displays an unbelievable degree of arrogance."
The £200,000-($310,000)-a-year executive sent a series of apologetic emails. "My sincere apologies to Mr Vickers for any embarrassment and confusion," he said, before he was asked to resign.
"I am now looking for a job just a few days before Christmas," Chaplin told The Sun. "I am mortified by what I did. I meant no offense to this man looking for a job."
He's probably a little more sympathetic to the man's situation now, given that he's in the same one.
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.
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