There are times in life when someone, somewhere, does something on the Interwebs that opens up a portal into a powerful dimension of feelings shared by swaths of human beings. Just like Eleven in Stranger Things, a Turkish woman named Sevtap Batir used her powers of perception to open up an informative and passionate discussion on the state of employment in the advertising industry in New York City. Before the Facebook post and comments get buried in the timeline, HRforReal wanted to celebrate her courage and honesty, and to recognize the sincere and civilized comments and conversation it inspired.
Note: HRforReal was created to address – and perhaps help improve – conventional hiring processes that often, intentionally or not, demean and disrespect job seekers and unfairly stigmatize folks in corporate HR and the recruiting industry as heartless merchants of dashed expectations and crass opportunism. These poorly executed relationships result in disgruntled job seekers who now have a negative story about the company to share with friends and family at Thanksgiving – which is a costly and totally avoidable liability from an employer branding perspective. For HR folks and recruiters, this poisoned relationship results in a major public relations problem for their entire industry. Honestly, someone had to say something.
Ms. Sevtap Batir did just that on the NYC Ad Jobs & Networking Facebook page, a popular platform for job seekers and providers alike. What followed was a compelling and authentic discussion on how age, ability, and location impact the professional lives of creatives, from graphic designers to producers.
Ms. Sevtap Batir’s words clearly resonated with job seekers of all ages and backgrounds in the advertising scene in New York City. Here are many of the responses: