Would You Hire This Person?

Brass balls

Imagine you are Taylor Grey Meyer and you have worked very hard on acquiring a future in the business of sports. You started at age 15 by volunteering at a minor league team. You’ve interned at a national league team. You’ve acquired a degree in sports commerce and you’re on your way to a law degree. You move to the city where you’d love to work and you send no fewer than 30 resumes in for various roles, eventually dropping into the “entry level” category, just in case. They reject you there, too.

And then you get a letter asking you if you want to PAY for a camp that will teach you more about the sports business from the very same organization.

That’s exactly what happened.

The Article Above Is Required Reading Before We Talk Further

If you skipped over that link, you should read it and then come back. It’s okay. I’ll wait.

What’s interesting to me is that most people’s reactions were in the vein of “I wouldn’t hire her” and “Oh, she just burned all her bridges.” I’m stuck. Because I understand how it’s not professional to ask prospective employers to suck one’s dick (doubly interesting because Taylor’s a female), but I also know that she must be so frustrated, and that by pointing out all her qualifications, it’s even more obvious that she’d had enough.

To me, she’s got a lot of guts and character and she’s clearly passionate. She just found the end of her rope is all. But that’s the real question, isn’t it?

Would You Hire This Person?

Most people disqualified her because she lost her cool. Others disqualified her because she cursed. Me? I think her only sin is that she kept trying to send resumes instead of looking for another way to land the role she sought. To me, the problem isn’t that she’s ballsy, not that she swore, but that she wasn’t inventive enough to try something other than mailing pieces of paper and/or pixels to a company that was ignoring her.

Have you tried everything to get where you want to go? The answer is almost always no. We have such creative brains, and yet, we forget to use them when we get stuck in the Matrix of what is “typical.”

I’m not counting Taylor Grey Meyer out, but I’m definitely saying she is invited to get a lot more creative with her attempts to find a sports organization worthy of her qualifications and talents.

What say you?

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  • Alec Watson

    Chris – A very interesting article . . . with equally interesting comments. I think if I were running the in the San Diego Padres hiring office I would wonder why Taylor isn’t working for us. Is our HR system SO broken that we didn’t have some position in the last year that Taylor could fill?

    Assuming Taylor’s credentials are accurate, I must also assume all the ticket sellers with the San Diego Padre’s are either law students or lawyers, with previous league experience, and an obvious enthusiasm for the industry . . . I doubt it. There is a lot talk of Taylor needing to employ some ‘creativity’ in applying for a position, but I didn’t read any here. I’m not sure what kind of network events one attends to become a “ticket seller”.

    It’s an interesting, somewhat tragic, story falling on generally deaf ears. There are no lessons-learned, no wisdom passed . . . only suggestions calling for ‘gimmickry’ over substance. If I were with the Padres, I would fix my HR problem, I would find a place for her — in the ‘best of breed’ organizations people are investments. They might not always payoff, but with Taylor’s credentials she’s well worth the risk. San Diego struck out twice . . . once in not hiring her, and again with a ridiculous solicitation for a ‘job fair’. In some ways she’s lucky . . . it’s probably not an organization she would want to work for very long. It’s rather odd, that an organization so overwhelmed with job applicants that they just can find the time to respond to each and every one, but they can somehow find the time to send out invites to a $500 job fair. It seems indicative of their priorities as well.

    There are a lot more problems here than meets the eye . . . but, despite Taylor’s colorful response, most of them are with the Padres — on and off the field.

  • http://www.facebook.com/themanwife David Kaa

    As someone who has been out of work for over three years, I completely get this. While the response is unprofessional, companies fail to see their role in this.

    The online applications alone are long, redundant and then I get a rejection email at 10 PM on a Friday. WOW! That must be the hardest working HR staff. EVER!
    Your hiring process shouldn’t be some psychological experiment in testing my will to live. If that’s painful, imagine what it’s like to work there? The best part is I then read how managers complain they can’t find qualified labor.
    Really? 30 million people out of work, and you can’t find one? It really doesn’t have to be so painful.