n the expression, in July and August. The Romans thought it was when the seas boil, people are mean and mad and dogs die. I think it just has to do with the heat, vacations, kids out of school driving everybody nuts. If my dogs are any indication they are a hell of a lot smarter than most of the humans on the planet during this part of the year. They aren't dead, they just have enough sense to stay in shade or in a cool place in the corner of the house and sleep until it cools off.
This summer in the Texas panhandle has been the worst i have ever encountered and i've been here for seven decades. 33 days of over 100o and no rain. None, ziltch, zero. I saw a group of people standing outside the other day having a fit over something. Thinking it must be some wonderful discovery or geez, even a five car pileup i ran over to see what everybody was so excited about. It was a weed. Yeppers just one little green weed, growing out there all by itself like it had water or something. None of us had seen anything green in so long that it was something worth gathering around and talking about until some little old lady ran over and pulled it up. The old bitch ruined the day for about 20 people. The next time we see a weed we are going to watch out for the little old ladies and head them off before they can kill the only thing green in the Texas panhandle. Biatches, they should stay inside when it's this hot.
One thing about the Dawg Days of Summer when it's like this, most folks have to stay inside and work because it's too hot to do anything else so production should go up but since the seas seem to be boiling everybody is a little or a lot nuts. I have had a good sumer with several good placements made in the industrial engineering vertical but the Dawg Days of Recruiting hit with a sledge hammer force this morning. To me the Dawg Days of Recruiting are the few days after i have closed a particularly difficult placement. That's not true. In my world the Dawg Days of Recrittering (that's not a typo) i often refer to what we do as "recrittering" I just take a critter from one place and put that critter someplace else so would else could it be but "recrittering". Don't go there with your insults about referring to people as critters. It's the Dawg Days of Summer and i could care less about your touchy feely crap. I'll get back to being Ms. "Love they one ya got" next week after i get over the Dawg Days of recruiting recrittering, whatever. I digress...
The two or three days after i make a placement or close two or three that have gone on since Noah launched the Ark, i am litterally not worth a flip. I'm tired, i'm drained, i hate everything with two legs and a mouth and email. All i want to do is curl up with my sleeping dogs or go talk to my horses because they don't talk back, they don't care about benefits, they don't take but a minute to make a decision about anything and none of them have failed a drug test or a background check. Let's hear it for the Equines!
I'm here, this is it, the Dawg Days of Recrittering and the Dawg Days of Summer crossed paths in the eternal equinox today. I will not interview anyone else this week, I will not answer any more questions, i will not listen to anymore nervous nellie hour long phone calls from candidates who have a phone interview a week from next Tuesday and are driving themselves crazy worrying about what they are going to say and how to say it and want to beat in my ear about it. I am not even going to try and get feedback from the interview that happened ten days ago before the internal recruiter went on vacation with instructions that if call the hiring manager she will forever banish me to seventh circle of hell. In sort ..until Monday i just don't give a damn.
What happens to you the day after you make a placement or two? Are you one of those lying, obnoxious recruiters who never hits the Dawg Days, always have things in the pipeline organized to fall between the hours of 8 and 5 Monday through Friday. If you are go to a conference or tweet about it or something equally as oatmeal. I want to hear from the people who run on five hour energy until they hit the wall when things close. What do you do when the fighting is over, the offer is made and accepted, the drug test is passed, the start date is set?
I am going shopping, then i am going to go bathe seven horses. It's hot they need a bath and it takes all day and requires no thought or conversation. :)…
most recognizable brands on the planet. Unfortunately it’s also one that doesn’t leverage their great consumer brand in their employment brand. I’m talking about Disney.
Let me give you some context here. I live in Orange, California – just a stone’s throw away from Anaheim – or about 5 miles as Tinkerbell flies from the Happiest Place on Earth. I enjoy the Fireworks Spectacular every night from my back yard. For the third Christmas in a row, my family received season passes to Disneyland. Honestly, I’m a Mickey fan. My friends warned me, “Don’t dis the Mouse! It’s practically un-American!” But hey, I just can’t help it! Mickey and friends are just not living up to the Disney standard when it comes to their recruitment efforts.
The landing page for the Disney career site is flat. You can’t click on another page of their website without videos and music. So naturally you’d think with all the splash, boom, bang, technology and magic that they’d have a page that would be so memorable you’d get lost in the wonderment. (I mean for crying out loud - Fortune Named Disney the World's Most Admired Entertainment Company – you’d think there would be some excitement!) Not here. There are four - count them, four - still pictures that rotate on the screen. The pictures are:
The Disney plaque being polished
An artist sculpting characters
The ESPN bullpen (nice diversity touch here)
A shot of Main Street in Disneyland with more people than Times Square on New Year’s Eve (maybe this is so prospective applicants can understand the absolute mayhem and madness of a summer day in the park!)
Their welcome is promising. They talk about imagination, childhood dreams, magic, wonder, culture, laughter, astonishment, joy, thrills. There’s room for talented people. It’s a dream job. Magic - REALLY?! How would I know that? Maybe from the picture of the plaque polisher or mental Main Street? It sure doesn’t look that way so far. But let’s dig deeper.
They mention their culture in their welcome but try and find out anything about it in the career section and you’re lost. They list six values (innovation, quality, community, storytelling, optimism and decency) that “make our brands stand out”. I guess those can loosely correlate to the employee experience. There’s not a lot of depth here. I really expected more from the “Life at Disney” section.
Disney is doing some things right. The “search jobs” function passes my “three clicks and you’re out” rule. This is a huge plus because it makes the process easy for the applicants. I was able to search all jobs in Anaheim in two clicks. Once there, you notice a lot of intern positions. What does this tell me? A couple things. One - the Mouse is cheap, looking for cheap labor from college grads so they can have a big name company on the top of their resume. The second thing it tells me is that Disney has smart approach to filling vacancies and filling the talent pool of the future – get ‘em when they’re young and train them well. The job descriptions are simple, nothing too exciting or memorable with the exception of a lot of corporate acronyms that meant nothing to me.
Disney’s best and most well hidden section of the career site is the link to Disney Auditions. For all you character wannabes, this is the place to look for open casting calls so you can don a Goofy suit and walk around the park in 100 degree weather in August (remember the Main Street picture from the career landing page?) Sounds like a dream job, don’t it?
The word for the audition site is again – flat. But it does give some good tips on what to expect and how to prepare for an audition. The real gem about this page? Videos - finally! Well thank my Fairy Godmother! There are videos from actual employees, like Jamie, who invites you to click her video and watch what she has to say about her Disney experience. Well that’s great – if you’ve already got Quicktime player downloaded on your computer. If not, you’ll feel like Alice going down the rabbit hole while you wait for the installing and restarting (that’s if you decide that watching the video is even worth it at this point). There are lots of employee videos – and that’s great if you want to play Goofy or parade down Main Street. These videos are exclusively for preparing to audition. Unless you’re an actor, you don’t get to see or hear what it’s really like.
The functionality of the videos are not just a Disney flaw; it’s one we see time and time again on corporate career sites. Companies pay a lot of money to have video shot of real employees only to have the video fail to play on the site. This brings up the question of who monitors your career site? There are many schools of thought here:
· Marketing should own it. Why? It’s a PR /communication tool and that falls under Marketing.
· IT should own it. Why? IT owns everything that has to do with the website so it should be monitored and quality control checked by them.
· HR should own it. Why? It’s the career site and they’re in charge of recruiting.
Not an easy question to answer or responsibility to assign, but someone, a human person (not Cinderella’s animal friends) should own the functionality of the career site. They should visit the site daily, apply for a job, play the videos and ensure all the working parts are indeed working! This same thought process also applies to the sites that invite you to “send us an email with your questions”. Who’s answering these questions? How often, how quickly and in whose voice is the answer in?
Back to the site…the audition page does a good job of pointing out that not everyone can be a character, singer or actor at Disney, so they list off all the other opportunities for you to become an entertainment cast member. Two thumbs up for the cult-like approach to calling all employees “cast members” and making it sound like one big, happy family in one huge global conglomerate. The truth is, Disney has all types of positions – they even need experts in pyrotechnics. Disney is a recognized pyrotechnic industry leader and the world's largest producer of fireworks shows. It takes a large team of highly trained and certified pyro-technicians to execute our many unique shows around the world. Trust me, Disney’s fireworks are cool. Disneyland is cool. Even dressing up like Goofy is cool. But Disney’s career site is not cool. I have to give the Disney and the Mouse a “D” on their career site – “D” for disappointing.