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TTB Readers, Right or Wrong? Be The Judge.




My friend co-owns a consultancy firm. Some of their clients include well known multinational oil companies. Recently there was a vacancy in his firm and his inbox was where most applications wound up. The applications so far were impressive but they wanted extra-impressive. Finally he opened one of the CVs and it was just what they were looking for. However, it seemed this applicant was applying for positions in several other companies and the smart guy stupidly cc'd all of them. In that, instead of sending out individual applications and cover letters, he just sent one out to the whole bunch of them.

My friend then decided to send the applicant a strong worded email, pointing out all the things that were wrong with this action, how impressed he was with the CV but why he would not be invited for an interview; regardless of how brilliant you might be, someone this flippant and thoughtless might constitute a flight risk to the company. He also included that as a consultant he would strongly discourage the companies he represented from employing such a person, he's lazy, he's careless and he is most certainly not ready to work. Also, did he not know that while companies are aware that they're not the only ones you're applying to, they would like to think that they are the only one you're applying to? The email could potentially ruin both a person's day and his chances. Now as if this wasn't enough my friend didn't send just it to him but also copied all the execs and HR personnels that the applicant cc'd in his application. To totally destroy his chances. 

Just as an aside, each of them, even those who hadn't initially noticed or minded much, also sent the applicant their own indignant messages. Needless to say, it's most unlikely that guy got called by any of those companies. 


My friend is a nice guy, he's been very nice to me and we talk about almost everything. But when it comes to work he's a beast. He made a 1st class in Engineering in one of the first generation universities and is a Ph.D holder. He's got a good heart but he's a type A personality and he does not joke when work is involved. While he believe that to err is human, he believes that some errors are unpardonable and inexcusable. He feels no remorse for his action and says he will do it again and again and again if he had to; the applicant deserves it. 

I, on the other hand, can't help but look at things from a more humane angle. Yes, the applicant was remiss but I think my friend's action was an overkill. I think ignoring his email would have been sufficient punishment, instead of entirely ruining the guy's chances. 


We argued about this back and forth and I said I would throw it open to the house, and ask you all to be the judge.  

Do you think the applicant deserved what he got? Is my friend justified in doing what he did? 
(Now this is me asking). If you're the applicant and you one day run into my friend, what will you say to him?

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  1. No birthday wishes from Tee...sad much

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    1. Happy Birthday Blink.

      -F

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    2. Happy birthday blink darling!!!! :*

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    3. Happy Birthday Blink!!!

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    4. Happy birthday blink! Have a fantastic day xx

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    5. Oh Blink don't be mad at me. Tried calling you earlier but it didn't connect. It eventually did but you didn't pick. Happy birthday my darling. Kai I feel so bad, you deserve a stand alone post for your birthday, unfortunately I remembered quite late after everyone had wished you HBD. Gbara m o? God's blessings my love.

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    6. Happy birthday Blink!! May God bless You!

      You'd see in a previous post also, that you've got birthday messages and prayers from kind blog visitors. :)
      So don't be sad bebe!:*

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    7. Happy Birthday Blink, here's wishing the best of your new year and a blessed and beautiful life today and always. Many happy returns of this day.

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    8. Happy birthday to you Blink. Many happy returns.

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    9. Happy Birthday Blink,may your days be long and fruitful. Have a blessed year.

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    10. Happy birthday Blink! God's love, blessings and grace, always.

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    11. happy belated birthday blink

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    12. Happiest birthday Blink, God bless you.

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    13. Happy birthday Blink the beautiful (with a wink)... More blessings to you dear.



      I guess I'm the last person to send wishes... He he he (special)

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  2. Happy birthday dearest beautiful Blink. God bless you.

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  3. Happy birthday blink.. Your friend is mean o.. I woulda let it go.. Maybe he thought he Thot it was bcc(blind copy) lol.. He should have given him a chance ..

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  4. Your friend overreacted, haba!

    He could have just sent the strong-worded mail to the guy directly instead of ruining him. More so, why would he conclude the guy who has an impressive CV is lazy? Na wa o.

    -F

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  5. Thelma, my job also includes screening and hiring candidates and you'd be amazed at the high level of laziness and ineptitude of applicants. I have had reason to send a mail to a potential applicant who addressed her letter to another organisation.
    I explained to her that her resume was impressive but she struck me as lazy. I got feed back from her apologising and she gave a good explanation for the error bla bla.
    Truth is, we are all prone to make mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance, so while I admire your consultant partner for having very strong work ethics and all, I think he went to far in his bid to teach that applicant a lesson.

    He shoukd have stopped at the point where he sent him a mail admonishing him for being such a lazy fellow, going as far as copying other HOUR executives was a big No NO.

    Imagine all the opportunities we all would have lost in life if someone had not over looked some of our mistakes. I think his actions were far reaching and he may have just caused severe depression to the poor fellow.

    I have been guilty of sending a wrongly addressed application to an organisation, and it was caused by a silly mistake. (touch screen issues).

    The guy. In question may not even know the ramifications of his actions, not many people have the advantage to understand some of the etiquettes involved in certain aspects of doing things.

    Hiring is a tedious task and usually not fun when you keep talking to people who have no idea what they want.

    I feel so sad for the chap, his village witches follow him CV (LOL)

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  6. Thelma, my job also includes screening and hiring candidates and you'd be amazed at the high level of laziness and ineptitude of applicants. I have had reason to send a mail to a potential applicant who addressed her letter to another organisation.
    I explained to her that her resume was impressive but she struck me as lazy. I got feed back from her apologising and she gave a good explanation for the error bla bla.
    Truth is, we are all prone to make mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance, so while I admire your consultant partner for having very strong work ethics and all, I think he went to far in his bid to teach that applicant a lesson.

    He shoukd have stopped at the point where he sent him a mail admonishing him for being such a lazy fellow, going as far as copying other HOUR executives was a big No NO.

    Imagine all the opportunities we all would have lost in life if someone had not over looked some of our mistakes. I think his actions were far reaching and he may have just caused severe depression to the poor fellow.

    I have been guilty of sending a wrongly addressed application to an organisation, and it was caused by a silly mistake. (touch screen issues).

    The guy. In question may not even know the ramifications of his actions, not many people have the advantage to understand some of the etiquettes involved in certain aspects of doing things.

    Hiring is a tedious task and usually not fun when you keep talking to people who have no idea what they want.

    I feel so sad for the chap, his village witches follow him CV (LOL)

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  7. Mstchewww! Very unnecessary! What did he do that for?! Some people ehn and their principles/ethics! Hian! Just ruined someone's chances because of your personal ethics. He should continue o! One day nah one day. Someone won't pardon his own oversight... let's see how he'll feel then.

    It's good to be principled, have good ethics and all but let's show empathy and be humane in the way we deal with/treat people. He went too far.

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  8. Your friend went too far. He shouldn't have mailed d other organizations.

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  9. Great lesson to learn no doubt, could have easily been a mistake on the applicant's side. It's a harsh decision to punish him like that, everyone needs a second chance, but in the business world one chance is all there is to offer really.

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  10. Ah an!! That your friend ehn!! No chill... Yes its good to point out and correct mistakes but ruining another person's opportunity that's mean!! Someday someone very important would not pardon his oversight...

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  12. He's just a mean person
    Informing the other companies is just wicked
    He needs Jesus
    Sad fella
    Mtschw

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  13. I'm sorry your friend is mean and over the top. Im guessing he has never made a mistake in his life.

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  14. I hope ur friend is a god oh. A perfect one at that who NEVER makes mistakes nor blunders!

    He's just cruel. A huge meanie!!! No one can be thorough & through all the time.

    I remember one time I was sending an application along with my CV, Clicked on the wrong PDF file & sent a cover letter instead of CV.
    I got a reply to send my CV, I did with an apology, needless to say I got that job though too far from home!
    We ALL make mistakes biko!

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  15. That's such an extreme way of teaching, read punishing, the guy. Granted the guy's mistake is grave and laughable.

    Uncalled for.

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  16. That was just too mean!

    Its ok to explain to the applicant that you won't give him the job cos you think.....blah blah blah but to send that kind of mail and copy all the other companies? Even the ones that didn't notice the error will pick up on it. Your friend went too far. He just ruined the guy's chances with those companies.

    Coupled with the disappointment of not getting the job, if that person is anything like my sis, he will be deep in depression right now beating himself up for making such a blunder etc.. We all make mistakes and this was a pardonable one. Despite having a strong work ethic, principles and success, we shouldn't lose our ability to empathise with others, its important to remain humane.

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  17. When you admonish someone to punish them and not to correct them then it shows you are not a better person. Sending an email to the guy alone and telling him that his action is the reason he lost his chances with his organization would have bn an admonishment to correct bt copying the other orgs. In the email was to punish. Your friend would only not get a repercussion if and only if he has never made any mistakes b4 in his life!

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    1. Your first statement is so apt. All that "my friend is a good person" ish is just drama... if you're good, it should reflect in every facet of your life. You can't be good to just your friends and family alone and be a monster at work, it shouldn't be. It should be all round.

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    2. Thanks SB. Tee,there's no way someone who can go to that level, to destroy the chances of a person he has never met in his life can be called a nice person.That guy is very mean,haba! I just hope he's perfect

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    3. Correct don't punish. Word! .

      Your friend's decision to copy all the other HR personnel was rather extreme. He should have just stopped it at pointing out his mistakes and letting the applicant know that's the major reason he isn't being considered.

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  18. If the applicants CV was That impressive and Captivating.. Your Friends action won't stop other companies from employing a Potential asset into their company.. I feel your friend was just being vindictive..

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  19. Your friens is not mean, thats a nasty as hell grade of mean. Its one thing yo correct someone, its another to ridicule them. He did the later. There is a special place in hell for such people in helllllll. He has destroyed someone's life essentially. He should pray to God that he isnt at the said guy's mercy one day. Because he will get his.

    www.pynk360.com

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    1. My thoughts exactly.
      Sad how lots of humans develop amnesia when they are almost at the top. Oh well karma is truly a bitch and God doesn't sleep, He may have ridiculed that young man and from experience your friend just spurred him to a greater height.

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  20. Just mean. He acted as if there is more to this guy that annoyed him than the mistake. Happy birthday Blink. J

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  21. I've found that people hide under the shadow of *principles blah blah to show wickedness and be very rigid.


    The applicant really blundered sha, didn't he know that the people you cc will see your cc's?

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  22. "To totally destroy his chances" and "he'd do it again and again and again" gives the impression that your friend is sadistic. Nothing nice or good hearted about that kind of person to me. Dude is all shades of wrong. Nothing professional about how far he took it. That was just plain #evulz

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  23. Ur friend is very very very very very very very wicked..... Y going that f far... Walahi if Dat guy catches him he his suppose to kee him

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  24. Your friend is mean and a Saddist!! I don't care about his work ethics, but he's the type that gets pleased at people's downfalls. Let him remember that the word "Karma" is real And he's soo gonna regret his actions. God doesn't sleep..If only the applicant knows the blessings coming his way!

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    1. Totally agree. And he should also know that Karma is a baaadddd freakiiing bitch.

      I am so vexed

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  25. Ur friend is weird. I've applied to multiple companies via email in the past, I just blind copied everyone in.
    Your friend sounds like one with Hubris.

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  26. I believe you friend must have read all these comments, if not please mail it to him and copy us all.

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  27. Na wa o. Your friend must be tutored by the devil on how to frustrate people to their graves. I haven't heard of this kind level of meanness in my life!
    I hope he never makes a mistake in his lifetime, cus what he did to that applicant will be insignificant to what will be done to him.
    What he did was not being principled, but bin deeply wicked.

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