[Jobs] Employer Frustration....

James Gagnier jgagnier at blindinc.org
Tue Aug 7 21:08:29 UTC 2018

This was not a blunder.  A blunder happens by accident. This was done on
purpose. Common curtesy would be to inform the employer that you are no
longer interested in the job not just ignore them.  I’ll be curious how
long the other job he/she  has will be there when a similar thing happens
with his new employer.

I’m willing to bet that this behavior isn’t a one time occurance.

We as blind people have enough problems obtaining employment.  I hope that
the company in question, Keystone will realize that this was only one
person and not paint all blind people with the same brush.  Were I the
employer, I would be leary before seeking a blind person to work as an
employee again.

Unfortunately, we say that not all blind people are the same, and it’s
true, but the reality is, that people no matter how much they want to
believe it, will always remember that type of behavior and associate it to
all blind people.  This can be said of all persons with a variety of
disabilities and people of different ethnic backgrounds and nationalities.

Like it or not, when someone meets a blind person, that person is a
representative of all other blind people.  That blind person’s attitude
will reflect on all other blind people this individual is likely to meet,
and shape his/her impression of all of us.

I truly hope that this person’s attitude has not damaged all blind people’s
reputations with Keystone.


*From:* Jobs [mailto:jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org] *On Behalf Of *Michael Evers
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*Sent:* Tuesday, August 7, 2018 1:46 PM
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*Subject:* Re: [Jobs] Employer Frustration....

               Suns like this person did not conduct himself as a
professional, especially since this employer went through a lot of trouble
for this person.  Perhaps we all can learn from this person’s blunder and
not make the same mistake twice.


*From:* Jobs <jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org> *On Behalf Of *Dick Davis via Jobs
*Sent:* Tuesday, August 7, 2018 1:30 PM
*To:* Jobs for the Blind <jobs at nfbnet.org>; Rehabilitation Counselor
Mailing List <rehab at nfbnet.org>
*Cc:* Dick Davis <ddavis at blindinc.org>; chittle at keystoneblind.org
*Subject:* Re: [Jobs] Employer Frustration....

Dear Members of the Jobs and Rehab Listservs,

I wanted to share with all of you this note that I received from Carli
Metze of Keystone, one of the employers that attended our 2017 Job Fair.
Please read it.  They went to a lot of effort to provide an employment
opportunity for an individual who just never showed up because he got a
different job.

What a bum thing to do!  When anyone treats an employer this way, they make
us all look bad. Blind people have a difficult enough time getting jobs
without this.

On behalf of the NFB, I want to apologize to Karli, Christina, and Keystone
for the way they were treated.  And if you are still on this list,
individual who treated them this way, time to apologize!

Dick Davis, Chair
NFB Employment Committee

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*From: *Carli Metze <cmetze at KeystoneBlind.org>
*Sent: *Tuesday, August 7, 2018 12:46 PM
*To: *Dick Davis <ddavis at blindinc.org>
*Cc: *Cristina Hittle <chittle at keystoneblind.org>
*Subject: *Employer Frustration....
*Importance: *High

Good afternoon, Dick!

I wanted to reach out to you on behalf of our organization.

As you know, Keystone has career opportunities at this time under a Federal
Contract to staff a mailroom contract in Western, PA. The application
process in itself is quite lengthy and invasive as it requires the
applicant to not only undergo a State Criminal background check, credit
check and drug testing, but also a Federal Background investigation. The
federal background check is what is called an “SF86” which is a lengthy 137
page document that dives into the applicants life history including address
history, education, employment, military histories, marital status history,
a list of individuals to verify each portion of the information provided,
relatives, foreign contacts, psychological & emotional health, police
record, financial record, technology usage, non-criminal actions and
terroristic associations, to name a few items on the check.

We offer each candidate an opportunity to come tour our facilities, meet
staff and employees, provide relocation assistance, transportation
assistance, and many other options.

The purpose of my email is to bring to your attention that we recently had
an applicant get through the pre-vetting portion of our hiring process, who
showed extreme interest in the position. So much interest, that he planned
a week-long tour here in Pennsylvania. It takes our entire agency working
together to plan a site-tour, as there are many people involved, and
different strategies set in place to make this a smooth operation for an
individual to come and meet with us to ensure this opportunity is the best
fit for them. The applicant had laid out full details of his visit with us,
and we prepared the extensive tour for him. He was to arrive in
Pennsylvania on Sunday, August 5th. He told us which hotel he would be
staying at, and that he would be bringing a friend with him.

Come Monday morning, I had not heard from the applicant at all. I began to
worry. I called his phone number and left several messages, we called the
hotel he was to be staying at. The hotel informed us that there was no one
there by that name, nor was there a reservation made in that name. Our
agency began to panic, thinking something was wrong, or something terrible

Low and behold, after getting ahold of one of his personal references from
his application, we were informed that he “could not believe that he would
not have the common courtesy to inform us that he accepted a job

I guess I wanted to share the frustration with you on how hard we work as
an agency for one individual to obtain employment here under this federal
contract, and that this applicant did not have the decency to even return a
call or email to let us know he was no longer interested. It is very
disheartening to go through such a tedious process, to get left in the dust
with no inclination of his decision.

I hope this doesn’t happen to other employers or agencies, although I am
sure it does. If this was a simple hiring process, I don’t think we would
mind so much. But considering we go above and beyond for everyone we come
into contact with- it was a hard blow. I am not sure if this individual is
a part of the NFB Job site or not….

Thank you for your time. I appreciate it.

[image: Description: KeystoneLogoOVW2014sm]

*Carli Metze*

Human Resources Assistant

3056 East State Street

Hermitage, Pennsylvania 16148

*E|* cmetze at keystoneblind.org    *W|* www.keystoneblind.org

*P|* 724.347.5501 x.229   *F|*724.347.5060
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