S*** My Recruiter Says

d'agostino emailJust when you wonder can things get any weirder, they do.

Today, we offer up a bizarre recruiting story that has been unfolding for the last two weeks in 140-character messages tweeted by a former Google engineer. Kelly Ellis started tweeting about feeling sexually harassed by her male colleagues during the years she worked at Google. She names names and calls out HR, saying it did nothing.

Why she decided to go public now, after leaving Google eight months ago, isn’t clear, but that also isn’t our story. It’s what happened after her tweets caught the attention of tech and news sites.

A tech recruiter sends her an email. Among it’s more remarkable declarations are these:

Any guy, unless he’s gay, who tells you he’s concerned about sexism in the workplace, wants to get in your pants…

As a startup recruiter, I’ve noticed how startup prefer men because they are more reliable in the long term … They won’t get pregnant or marry a partner more wealthy than they are and quit.

Since he signed his name (which you can find here), Ellis checks him out, confirms he is who he says he is, and then proceeds to tweet out the email, and provide a moment by moment account of the developing exchange with the guy. All this, of course, had the predictable effect of being read and retweeted multiple times, and getting written up in another round of online posts.

It’s so strange it reminds us of those long ago tweets by Justin Halpern that he turned into a book and eventually a TV show, $h*! My Dad Says. However, the moral of this story was best described by writer Holly Brockwell, “If you find yourself writing “sorry for being jackass” [sic] at the end of your email, don’t send the email.”

He’s Baaaackk

On a Cheesman in a suitlighter note, is the PR announcement of the debut of EmployeeScreenIQ’s Partnership Newsletter. It also mentioned the firm had a new director of strategic alliances. His picture is there to the left.

He actually joined the company eight or nine months ago, but the title is new.

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Sharp readers will notice we have not yet mentioned his name. That’s to give you a chance to guess. Those who have been around for a few years will have a better chance than any newcomers. Even better if  you were looking for a Wisconsin score but Googled “cheezhead” ‘sted of “cheesehead.”

(Uh, folks, tHank Hillhat was another  hint.)

Give up? He’s the younger brother of Hank Hill.

OK, seriously, Joel Cheesman is EmployeeScreenIQ’s partnerships director, and for any recruiter alive and engaged for most of the last decade, his Cheezhead blog was must reading. His daily posts could be as acerbic as they were penetrating. A mixture of news and commentary, often in the same post, Cheezhead.com’s run came to an ironic end when it was sold to a job board that was part of the very industry that was most often the focus of its skewering.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

You can contact him here.

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