Reviewing This Week on Make HR Happen – Recruiting Fables

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My sister coined a new term for an event we have all done when caught unprepared for cooking a meal for hungry kids. She would cook breakfast for dinner and called it Silly Supper… her two sons loved it and begged or it. So after a week of vacation and another week of limited work activity due to house guests I was totally unprepared for making blog posts this week. The result? Silly blogs. Nothing warmed over or cold leftovers, but contrived human resources stories based on popular children’s stories. I doubt if anybody learned anything new from me this week, but once my muse teased me with this idea it was a lot of fun to write. Not always compatible with modern day business thinking, I took some liberties with the stories to make them appropriate and in some cases less violent. No animals or children were harmed in the making of this week’s articles.

Branding a recruiting campaign fit nicely into Goldilocks with the “just right” company winning in the end. The play on words between sourcer and sorcerer has been pretty common, but it did allow me to find a little humor in sourcing of candidates to hire with my version of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The Ugly Duckling turns into a beautiful swan when an unemployed worker gets his mojo back and flies with the best. It also didn’t take much creativity to come up with parallels to building something of straw and sticks, so the Three Little Pigs showed the value of interviewing with a solid foundation. My Cinderella story was one that college students relate to these days when caught between a degree that is not in demand and the need to work. Not an award winning collection of stories, but somewhat helpful to me personally in experimenting with a different writing style.

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August 5 - Recruiting Fables – Hiring Goldilocks – Once upon a time there was a company looking for a special talent that was in high demand by all of its competitors. Possessing the skills that were in high demand, Goldilocks was not particularly interested in changing jobs, but she wandered through the forest of unknown shadows with a willing attitude to listen to new offers. – more –


August 6 – Recruiting Fables – Using Sorcerer Magic – Once upon a time there was an old Sorcerer who had become known throughout the land as the perfect source (pun most definitely intended… as you have probably already guessed) of all things magical. He had a marvelous instrument that could contact people anywhere in the world by simply putting the device up to his ear and punching in powerful incantations on a keypad. – more –


August 7 - Recruiting Fables – The Ugly Candidate – Once upon a time there was a man who had everything a man could want. He had worked at the same remote branch of a major corporation for thirteen years and lived the classic dream. This was his first job out of college and he started at the bottom in IT and had worked his way up to a management role. He was respected by his team, admired by upper management… – more –


August 8 - Recruiting Fables – The Three Little Graduates – Once upon a time there were three recent college graduates who were sent out into the world by their parents to seek their fortune. Armed with the best twenty year old advice from their parents and the best instruction of their college career services counselors from about a decade ago, they ventured out into the real world to find jobs. – more 



August 9 – Recruiting Fables – Ella Finds a Dream Job – Once upon a time there was a young woman that had to settle for a night security guard position in a large office building after graduation from college. Not finding work that could use her degree in Psychology, she resigned herself to the drudgery of sitting at the reception desk, signing people in and out, and doing some light clerical work left over from the day shift.  – more –