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Law Firms Are Guilty of E-Snubs, Too, NYT Reader Says

Posted Jan 26, 2010 12:34 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Law firms are just as guilty of “e-snubs” as other employers, a reader tells the New York Times.

Writing on Sunday in the newspaper's City Room blog, journalist Neal Hirschfeld told of the e-snub he received when he was left hanging for three months by a New York magazine after he snared a job interview and took an editing test. He never even received an e-mail acknowledgment that his editing test had been received, let alone a rejection.

Finally Hirschfeld e-mailed the managing editor, saying he was delighted to accept the offer and would report to work on Monday.

“Unfortunately, basic e-courtesy is in short supply,” Hirschfeld wrote. “So, having been burned in the past by e-boors, I decided that enough was enough.” Hirschfeld’s e-mail brought a quick phone call response from the director of human resources, giving him the opportunity to chastise her for being rude and thoughtless.

The story brought several tales of similar woes. One reader identified as George told City Room he went through a similar experience with a law firm last year. “At the end I was simply left hanging,” George wrote. “It seems that this is just considered acceptable these days.”

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