[Jobs] Employer Frustration....

Jordan Gallacher jordanandseptember at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 22:32:20 UTC 2018


Let me also put it out there that by the time you get the process going at Keystone, you have to sign paperwork saying that you will work for them for at least two years if hired and you voluntarily quit or do not take the job if I remember correctly.  Its been almost a year at this point since I signed them.  So, yes Carli has every right to be angry, and I would be too if I were in the same boat.

Jordan

 

From: Jobs <jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of Dianna Alley via Jobs
Sent: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 4:51 PM
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Subject: Re: [Jobs] Employer Frustration....

 

Well then I am glad these days I look for jobs on my own because it seems being associated with organizations these days is  more complicated than it is worth.  If you don’t follow the crowd so to speak then you make them all look bad.  I do not wish to have that much on my plate these days.  There was a time when I thought I had to follow people and it did help me in some ways, but it really helped me become an individual.    That can be time consuming and scary.  It can also cause a person self-esteem issues to know they have to do everything perfect.  I still wish we had the person’s account because it is hard to say a person is wrong if you do not know a whole story.  I will keep saying that because this is just a human resource person who is mad/frustrated venting, which by the way I do not agree with, but they have the right to do it.  I have a question Justin.  Are you the one in South Carolina who was working at the phone company?  I am just curious because if so you and I spoke a long time ago regarding my job in Albany Georgia, and that seems like a million life time’s ago.

 

From: Jobs <jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org <mailto:jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org> > On Behalf Of Justin Williams via Jobs
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2018 4:38 PM
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Subject: Re: [Jobs] Employer Frustration....

 

Agreed, he does not owe them anything, but, in the context in which the job was presented, his actions will do damage to those behind him.  if you’d been offered a job on your own, and you do that, then it’s just your rep that is affected.  But, if you are associated with a group, or network, or you are using its resources, especially in a public venue, your actions can affect others.  That goes for any group.  I don’t know a successful body of individuals that are good with unprofessionalism which damages their reputation. If you are out there on your own, feel free to be as unprofessional as you want.  However, when you are a part of an organization, especially one full of minorities, and the Blind are minorities make no bones about that, it is imperative that you not do damage to the folks who may be coming behind you especially in a public forum where employers, you know, those folks that hire people, can see.

 

 

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Subject: Re: [Jobs] Employer Frustration....

 

First of all there is no law that says he had to let them know anything and what if he had no time to let them know because most jobs when you get hired want you at work.  If this is a poor view on the blind as a whole, then I am glad I just live my life and do not worry about the blind as a whole.  This would not even be an issue if he had of been sighted.  The company would have just went on with its hiring process and called another person.  If jobs were accessible like they should be anyway then this would not even be talked about.  If this company is dumb enough to decide that all blind people are going to do this same thing then I would not want to work at this company anyway because I personally like to be treated like an individual and not compared to everybody else.  Yes, I agree it would have looked more professional, but in my opinion he does not owe anyone anything and why would he say he is sorry because he most likely is not sorry?  I don’t believe in just saying you are sorry because the NFB or anyone else says you should.  You do not use those words if you do not mean them.  If you do, then I am sorry becomes just words.  The person should do what they think they should do and if saying they are sorry is warranted for them then they should do it, but if not then I wish them luck at whatever job they have chosen to take.  Based on those descriptions of that job maybe the person figured it was going to be more trouble than it was worth after getting prevetted so they took the other job.  We do not know the person’s side.  We just know what the company shared with the NFB.  In other words, the story is one sided.  I personally would like to hear the person’s side that took the other job without letting the company know they were doing so.

 

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Subject: Re: [Jobs] Employer Frustration....

 

Jeremy, 

Honestly, I don't think it matters why this individual didn't show.  In my opinion, there is absolutely no excuse for conducting yourself in that manner.  I'm embarrassed for this individual and I had nothing to do with the situation.  I completely agree with Dick on this...it is unfortunately a poor reflection on the blind community.  If we want to gain ground in the area of employment for the blind, we can't be treating employers in this manner.  Blind or not....it is unprofessional and disrespectful...regardless of their "excuse".  

To Carli (if you are reading).....I'm sorry you were treated in this manner.  Please know that many of us would never think of conducting ourselves in this way.  

Nicole

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Subject: Re: [Jobs] Employer Frustration....

Well, calling someone out publicly to shame him/her is also a bit unethical. 

 

The following is also unprofessional since the person states she did not speak directly to the person and therefore may not really know why the individual did not show: 

“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 elsewhere.””

From: Jobs <jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org <mailto:bounces at nfbnet.org> > On Behalf Of Dick Davis via Jobs
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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

 

Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986>  for Windows 10

 

From: Carli Metze <mailto:cmetze at KeystoneBlind.org> 
Sent: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 12:46 PM
To: Dick Davis <mailto:ddavis at blindinc.org> 
Cc: Cristina Hittle <mailto: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 happened. 

 

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 elsewhere.” 

 

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. 

 



 

Carli Metze

Human Resources Assistant 

3056 East State Street

Hermitage, Pennsylvania 16148

E| cmetze at keystoneblind.org <mailto:cmetze at keystoneblind.org>     W| www.keystoneblind.org <http://www.keystoneblind.org/> 

P| 724.347.5501 x.229   F|724.347.5060

 

 

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