I love stories. Success stories are the best. Today, I am happy to share a “magical” story from my friend The Recruiting Animal. I don’t know if Animal remembers this, but almost 2 years ago, we disagreed about something (I don’t know what), and when we were finished with our email exchanges, he said I was invited to fight with him any time! Not being the fighting type, I haven’t taken him up on it – yet!
However, Animal was kind enough to share this story, which I hope will inspire some job seekers at this time of year. (He even sent the accompanying photo!)
I’m a headhunter and a few years ago I was looking for a Quality Control Supervisor. But this wasn’t any ordinary QC Manager. This person would have no direct reports but needed to have a PhD in Chemistry and a strong background in fermented products, specifically yogurt.
When I got the search I was told that there was no one in the country with the right background. Why they gave it to me, then, I don’t know. In the end, we filled the job with a terrific yogurt man but in the course of the search I investigated a number of engineers who didn’t have yogurt experience but worked in breweries.
To get to some of them I had to go through one admin person. The problem was that she never picked up the phone and I didn’t want to leave a message. So I called and called and you know when I got her? On December 24th. Christmas Eve. I wanted to knock off work but I was in a bind and against my better judgement I picked up the phone and, like a miracle, she did too. It was great. I could hear the party going on in the background, she was very friendly and she gave me all the info I needed. What a present for me.
I told this story to someone recently and he scoffed at the notion that you have a good shot at reaching otherwise unavailable people during the holiday season. But I’m not saying everybody’s going to be there. Just that some people will. And those might be the people you want to talk to who never usually pick up their phones. When lots of people are away, however, they’re not as busy as usual and that’s when they change their normal habits and that’s when you have a chance to catch them.
Nothing is life is certain. But if you want to get through to someone and you’re not on a beach in Florida, what’s stopping you from trying? Friends, it happened to me. And if it happened to me, it can happen to you too. Good luck.
Learn more about Animal by following him on Twitter @animal (of course!)Ã‚Â and by visiting his website: http://www.recruitinganimal.com. However, he does admonish everyone to “not follow if you’re sensitive.”
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