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Bad-mannered recession-era employers: Shmucks of the Week

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The state's job losses were more gruesome than previously thought, the Post reported yesterday, as updated stats showed an additional 17,000 lost jobs last year. So that's depressing -- especially if you're one of the people out there looking for work.

I meet more and more such people every week, it seems, and what always strikes me about their stories is the apparent erosion of HR manners.

Yeah, I know: Employers are getting 4,000 resumes for every job posting, and it's hard to treat every applicant with dignity -- a lesson I learned the hard way when I was the point person on our freelance pot-reviewer opening last year and found myself mismanaging hundreds of applications from stoned writer-types.

But there seems to be a sense among some employers that in a market that obviously favors them, they can treat applicants however they want. I've heard of applicants being called in for multiple in-person interviews -- and then told they didn't get the job by callous, form e-mail. I've heard countless stories of poor or nonexistent correspondence from employers -- not even a "Hey, we got your résumé." The tales of woe are endless, and they make a process that's already a mind-fuck even worse.

So! In hopes of inspiring an employer or two to be a little more thoughtful the next time they post a job, we're naming all bad-mannered employers our Shmucks of the Week. May their office microwaves break right before they heat up their Lean Cuisines.

Meet more shmucks in our Shmuck of the Week archive.

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