ause each person is unique.
I am working a position in Georgia for a high powered executive assistant to support three Sr. Executives. These guys are some of my favorite clients, they are hands on execs, travel all the time, work like the end of the world has been announced and they have to have everything done before it happens.
I posted a job ad that read something like: "This position supports three on the go executives who are great to work for. They are resepectful, fun and very busy. Top clerical skills are just the tip of the iceberg. You need to enjoy a fast paced environment, you work 8-5, 5 days a week, they work 18/7. Flexibility should describe your personality and the ability to "herd cats" at times without getting flustered will be a plus."
The ad went on a bit to mention the other skills, describe the industry as a wholesale distribution firm with international locations, etc. etc.
I received an interesting resume so sent back an email asking for salary and reasons for change and a time to speak with this candidate.
Here is what i got back:
Thanks so much for your reply; unfortunately, my husband read the ad and saw that there are "cats" involved. He is allergic and doesn't want me bringing cat hair into the home."
Now i realize that we use all kinds of expressions that some people never heard of but..
When i wrote back and told her that there were no cats involved in the job it was just an expression meaning that one would at times have three people asking for something at once and going different directions so might be a little frustrating. The only cats were the ones that sometimes come up on the parking lot that they run off.
She came back and asked, "Would i have to be the one to run them off the parking lot and my other concern is that if i work for three people would i ever be able to take a vacation?"
My response, "I don't really think this is the right fit, the cats and the vacation might be a problem so let's move on."
Let's hear the funniest turndown/questions you ever got from a candidate.…
illuminate the thoughts expressed around the comparison of Charlie Sheen to our recruiting world. Bravo and thank for plenty of giggles!
Regarding judgement, I do not believe that there is judgement of Charlie Sheen here as much as there is an acknowledgement that he is a troubled person, and should not be used as a model on which to build and/or improve our success in our business dealings. I, personally, hope that he survives his struggles and gets the wonderful life that we all deserve.
In addition, it is a far, far reach to quantify the comparison between Mr. Sheen and business success by using the likes of Gandhi, Thomas Jefferson, etc. The above comments by our colleagues are not cases of throwing stones in my opinon. I believe, rather, that they are expressions that there are those who cannot get behind the idea of the parallels drawn by the orginal blog. Sharing thoughts does not a "holier-than-thou" person make. …
Woodstock - right on Tom!
Sarah-and remember, most of these companies who believe tattoos are the work of the Devil also have a high inclusionary diversity policy...go figure!
Love Mom and Dad
Sandra McCartt said:We thought the same thing in the 60's when we were wearing torn up , hip hugger jeans, long straight hair, peace signs, sandals and no makeup as well as protesting the "establishment", war and trying to get pot legalized. You may be right, we thought we were. "Love beads" were a fashion statement. LOL. non conformist was a household word. You are on target with the rest of it and maybe everybody will be tated and pierced. If you are i can go back to those jeans and love beads. :)
Sarah White said:Ok everyone - just think logically - in 15 years this all won't matter because those of us that are all tatted and pierced up will be running the show - HA HA Boomers who hate all this stuff....Having a tat or piercing or manipulation somewhere in your body has nothing to do with how well you can do your job and has everything to do with self expression and individuality. The conformity police that thinks everyone should look/be the same (um...boomers) and then the socialist group wants mommy and daddy (ie Government) to come in and save the world and protect us from being who we want to be.Moral of the story -1. This guy just needs to set his profile on FB/Myspace to private like the rest of us do2. The manager is a pompous jerk who deserves not to get a top employee anyway3. People on here love to get the chance to talk politics (ie government regs) every chance they get - ITS ABOUT A TATTOO PEOPLE4. Soon, Gen Y'ers will rule the world and then you will be looked at funny when you come in wearing a suit/tie to an interview (YEA!)