Vincent Zhang was fresh out of college when he landed a business analyst position with retail titan Target. In November he posted a celebratory announcement on Facebook: He was moving from sunny California to Minneapolis. He'd gotten an apartment, packed his winter clothes, booked his flight for a January start date.
On New Year's Eve, Target HR called him up. They were so sorry, they said, but they had to rescind job offers for the entire class of new hires that year due to budget constraints. There was an awkward silence. The HR rep nervously asked him what was on his mind -- encouraged him to vent if he wanted to.
"I'm just sitting there thinking I have nothing to say," Zhang said. "Even if I complain, I'm not getting my job back. And it's not even like, 'Oh, we'll bring you back at another time.' It was like, 'You are no more.' I was infuriated for like the first three days."
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