August 13, 2012

Paying to Get a Job, Part 3: Job applicant tells Padres to “Suck my dick”

Filed under: Getting in the door, Job scams, Job Search, Stuff I worry about, Stupid HR Tricks

In 2008 I published a column titled How much would you pay for a job? The 2009 follow-up was Pay for a job? (Part 2). Earlier this year, I told you about an outrageous racket I helped expose in the “career industry” in cooperation with Canada’s CBC-TV: Rip-Off Edition: Who’s trying to sell you a job? (video).

In all those cases, third-party “firms” were selling people “help” finding jobs. The help even came with “guarantees.” (If I could guarantee you a job, I’d be writing this from a private island.)

Such third-party “career management firms” have always attached themselves like leeches to the help-wanted business. But the worst of the offenders are employers themselves: companies you want to work for that reject your resume then try to sell you the “opportunity” to get a job with them.

Today’s example: Major League Baseball. The San Diego Padres.

Pay Us For a Chance at a Job

After Taylor Grey Meyer applied for several jobs with the Padres baseball team and received rejection after rejection, the Padres sent her an invitation to come meet “hiring managers” at the “Sports Sales Combine here at Petco Park.”

What’s the Combine? It’s made to look like a job fair. Except the Padres say, “Please note that this is NOT a job fair.” Oh, it’s much, much more!

  • “We anticipate attending sales managers will be looking to fill 50+ jobs at the Combine. “
  • “Teams from the MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL, MLS and college athletics all use the combine as a key source to find talent for their organizations.”
  • “Having been to multiple combines myself, and hired numerous people from the events, I could think of NO better way to get a start in the sport industry.”

Sound like a job fair pitch to you? Sure sounds like one to me! The Padres’ personalized e-mail to Meyer came from a Padres sales manager at a padres.com e-mail address and laid it on thick:

“Taylor, as we look for the best young talent from across the country we wanted to make sure you were aware of the opportunity. You can find the combine application at Teamwork Online through the link below.”

Clicking through to the “application,” Meyer found she could attend this “job fair” by paying $495.

Okay, Give Me The Job

The San Diego Padres are using a mailing list of rejected job applicants to sell an “opportunity” to get one of “50+ jobs.”

I don’t advocate profanity or nasty come-backs in business, especially when you’re trying to convince an employer to hire you. But Meyer knows a job from a come-on. After getting slimed with enough stupid Padres rejection e-mails to fill a hard drive, she responded in exactly the right way:

“I would like to extend you a counter-offer to suck my dick.”

Meyer then demonstrates to the male-dominated Major League Baseball sales guy that her cojones are bigger than his:

“Clearly, I don’t have one of these, so my offer makes about as much sense as yours. But for the price you’re charging to attend the event, I’m sure I would have no problem borrowing one.”

Kudos to Deadspin.com for publishing Taylor Meyer’s story: “I Would Like To Extend You A Counter-Offer To Suck My Dick”: A Rejected Jobseeker Sends The Padres The Best Letter Ever. A bit of research reveals that the Padres — along with other MLB and pro sports teams — are hooked up with SportsSalesCombine.com, a website run by “Drs. Bill Sutton and Richard Irwin,” that sells job applicants a “chance to be discovered by the pros!”

Scam Alert

SportsSalesCombine.com triggers my #2 scam alert: There’s no physical location listed for this business — just a gmail address. And there’s no explanation of its relationship to the Padres or any other sports team, except that an awful lot of the Padres’ (and other teams’) coaches are listed as “staff.”

The Padres also trigger my #3 scam alert, one of the oldest sales tricks in the book: They want you to fill out an application to qualify to pay $495.

What’s my #1 scam alert? The Padres strike out big-time for soliciting job applicants to whom they then pitch a chance at job “opportunities.”

As for that suck-my-dick rejection letter Taylor Meyer sent, the Padres deserved it. They rejected Meyer again and again, then “invited” her to “apply” to pay for a chance at a job. Deadspin.com reports Meyer’s letter has already generated at least one job interview from a team that saw a second-hand copy of her e-mail. Now, that’s networking and creating a personal brand. And it won’t cost Meyer a dime. Seems to me that Meyer has demonstrated the “Sports Sales Combine” pitch is for losers.

You apply for a job. The employer rejects you again and again. Would you then pay $495 to that employer for “the most authentic training and networking experience available” and for an “opportunity” at “50+ jobs?”

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8 Comments on “Paying to Get a Job, Part 3: Job applicant tells Padres to “Suck my dick””
By Joel
August 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Gotta love it!

By Alison Green
August 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I agree this was completely ridiculous of the Padres, but the woman who sent the letter doesn’t come out smelling like roses either. First, she implies she was somehow owed “the courtesy of an interview,” which she wasn’t … and applying 30 times to a single employer is way too wide a net. The bigger crime here is the Padres, without a doubt, but the letter-writer isn’t especially on the ball herself.

By Nic
August 14, 2012 at 6:12 am

There are issues here on both sides. I don’t like this pay practice, I don’t even know this is legal. However, that stated, her response of ““I would like to extend you a counter-offer to suck my dick.” is digusting.

It is never appropriate for any woman to utter such a thing. A man may pull it off in private man to man, but even for a man it is totally inappropriate in mixed public. For a woman, (sorry if reality bites and this is sounding sexist, it IS a major issue that affects a woman far more than a man in society,) any woman that makes a remark I would expect to hear from a drunken sailor does not aid her in any way, shape or form.

By Lucille
August 14, 2012 at 8:19 am

@Alison Green and Nic, I agree.
@Taylor – You GO Girl!

By Chris Walker
August 14, 2012 at 9:37 am

Nick–A quick whois look up on the web address reveals Strategic Marketing Svc. Inc. in Germantown, TN. I think one of the good ‘Drs.’ teaches at Memphis.

By Erika
August 14, 2012 at 9:59 am

Good for her! She’s at least smart enough not to be parted from her money. Paying for a job opportunity is always ridiculous. The point of a job is that they pay YOU for your skills, not vice versa.

By Omar Schmidlap
August 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Taylor Grey Meyer is awesome!

By damion
August 6, 2013 at 7:37 am

I think she did a great job! these companies are fooling us and when you go for these jobs the never see anyone saying im from teamworkonline and I work with the miami heat or the yankees , all we hear is broken promises and I never got a response from a nab team other than rejection and offer to a job fair!!! either way its a rip off

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