By Carmen Lapham, Director of Recruiting and Operations, Q4B


A colleague of mine recently had a birthday. He is an avid reader and a beer guy who borders on being a beer snob. His wife gave him a book for the occasion entitled 300 Beers To Try Before You Die by Roger Protz. He calls it his beer bucket list (although he would refuse to drink any of his beers from a bucket) and after paging through the book he discovered a few things.

Over the years he thought he had sampled his fair share of good beers, microbrewed, handcrafted and tasty. It turns out that of the 300 beers listed in the book he had only had 12 of them. Twelve! But rather than being disappointed, he now feels that since most of the beers that he has never had are from outside the US and most are not exported to the US it may take him a good thirty to forty years before he completes the list. He feels that he will live to a ripe old age. He just turned sixty-eight!

When he was telling me this story recently I was thinking that I should probably get a copy of the 300 beers book since I too am somewhat of a beer snob (Dales Pale Ale over Bud Lite any day) and that I should also put together my own bucket list for recruiting. What would I like to accomplish as a recruiter before I die or before I retire and hang up my password to my ATS?

Here is my bucket list.

  • Make at least one placement at each of the top 25 companies in our targeted markets (Technology, Oil & Gas, Energy/Utilities and Healthcare IT) - Since the Top 25 companies change yearly this could take a while.
  • Have a Million Dollar year in individual production from permanent placement fees - You do the math,
  •  Make a placement in all fifty states as well as Guam and Puerto Rico - So far my count is at 13, long way to go.
  • Conduct all my candidate interviews on Skype or Google+ Hangouts unless there is a local Starbucks in the area - This may be the easiest one to check off since there is ALWAYS a local Starbucks in the area.
  • Source, Screen, Select and Place the elusive Purple Squirrel - If you don't know what this is then that means less competition for me.
  • Finally, have my blog post appear as the Subject line in's daily update emails - This is what dreams are made of and it should be on every recruiters bucket list.


So, there is my recruiting bucket list. I know that I have left some important things off and I also know that I will add to this list over the years. That is the nice thing about creating bucket lists. The more things you add that you want to accomplish the longer you will live. It is, like my colleague told me, a self-fulfilling prophecy. You won’t die (or in this case retire) until you have checked all of them off your list.

Now, where can I find a place that sells Bridge of Allan Glencoe Wild Oat Stout?

If you know of a place please let me know.



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Comment by Carmen Lapham on August 29, 2012 at 10:18pm

I've been out of touch the last couple of days but wanted to thank Bill on the great idea on conducting meetings at a hotel and Ben for all the help, hopefully something will come of getting that brew!

Dan: Don't even want to consider "worse"! ;)

Gillene: It's amazing what makes it to the list - as you can tell!


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