Employers frequently complain that they can’t attract the right talent – so when someone who seems bright and inquisitive sends an email asking for more details about a job, the response should be, as Sherlock Holmes puts it, elementary.
Not so much for London’s Sherlock Holmes museum, which has responded to an inquiry by an aspiring employee in a way only Moriarty would approve of.
Rachel Fox, a Fine Art Grad from Nottingham Trent University, sent this email to the museum, asking for more details about a job vacancy:
The reply from curator Andrea von Ehrenstein said Fox was 'putting yourself first in life instead of thinking about what the other person might want from you':
After enquiring about a job vacancy they had listed and requesting further details I am told I am lazy and selfish. pic.twitter.com/0NuNmJiMXc— Rachel Fox (@youlovefox) February 17, 2014
MT can't help but feel a certain amount of grudging respect for Von Ehrenstein for the deeply sarcastic 'if I can assist you further please let me know' - and to be fair, the original job posting does ask applicants to ‘email your CV to us in the first instance’. But although no employer wants to deal with time-wasters, as MT's mum used to say: if you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say anything at all...
Luckily, Fox seemed to be philosophical about the whole palaver: