A client forwarded the letter below to me this past week and I thought it was an excellent example of one of the problems with the hiring process. The letter is as follows:
Sub: Offer of love
Dearest Ms. Juliet,
I am very happy to inform you that I have fallen in Love with you since the 14th of October (Saturday). With reference to the meeting held between us on the 13th of Oct. at 1500 hrs, I would like to present myself as prospective lover.
Our love affair would be on probation for a period of three months and depending on compatibility, would be made permanent. Of course, upon completion of probation, there will be continuous on the job training and performance appraisal schemes leading up to promotion from lover to spouse.
The expenses incurred for coffee and entertainment would initially be shared equally between us. Later, based on your performance, I might take up a larger share of the expenses. However I am broadminded enough to be taken care of, on your expense account.
I request you to kindly respond within 30 days of receiving this letter, failing which, this offer would be cancelled without further notice and I shall be considering someone else.
I would be happy, if you could forward this letter to your sister, if you do not wish to take up this offer.
Wish you all the best!!!!
Thanking you in anticipation,
Don’t you wish employers could take a more human approach to the hiring process? What if employers actually brought you on board, considered you part of the family, and expected you to stick around for thirty years or so. What if employers themselves stuck around for thirty years and didn’t put you through a “divorce” every few years when stock prices fell and they had to cut costs?
I don’t think we’ll ever see the Shakespearian days of the “job for a lifetime” every again. Too bad. Employers who were loyal to their employees had faithful employees who gave their all for the employers.