Recruiting software developers remotely: a cautionary tale…(part two)

Recruiting software developers remotely: a cautionary tale…(part two)

on Sep 23, 10 • by Carolyn Perkins • with 1 Comment

As promised…. In my last blog, I promised a joke about recruiters.  And here it is…the classic recruiting joke. A recruiter was hit by a bus on his way to work one day, despite the excellent medical care he received, he unfortunately died on the operating table. According to the After Life Standard Operating...

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As promised….

In my last blog, I promised a joke about recruiters.  And here it is…the classic recruiting joke.

A recruiter was hit by a bus on his way to work one day, despite the excellent medical care he received, he unfortunately died on the operating table.

According to the After Life Standard Operating Procedure, the recruiter was told he had to visit both Heaven and Hell before making his choice of where he would like to remain.  He told them there was no need to visit Hell, he would just go to Heaven…however, SOPs being what they are (eerily similar to HR policies, in fact), he was required to visit both Heaven and Hell.

First up was Heaven, he went through the Pearly Gates and was greeted with peace and quiet, lots of lovely clouds, gentle, soothing music, angels floating around and it was all very serene and very nice.

Then he went down to Hell.  Much to his surprise, he was greeted by the Devil, who appeared to be a very friendly, fun kinda guy.  He could tell great jokes, made the recruiter laugh and then he took him on a tour of Hell.  It was nothing like he imagined…yes, it was hot, but people were standing around in groups, laughing and appearing to have a very good time.  He was treated to a fabulous BBQ buffet, full of delicious meats cooked over the fires of Hell.  After his buffet, he was entertained by a very talented band called the Hounds of Hell, and he thoroughly enjoyed himself.

He was brought before St. Peter after his tours, and he was asked how his day was and was told he could now make his decision on whether he wanted to spend his afterlife in Heaven or Hell.  After much hemming and hawing, he decided that based on his tours, he would prefer to go to Hell.  St. Peter asked if he was sure, because that really was a surprising decision and it was final, the recruiter said, yes, I am sure and he was sent back down to Hell.

When he arrived back in Hell, he was once again greeted by the Devil…but this time the Devil grabbed him, attached chains to him, and gave him a shovel.  He pushed him into a fiery pit with the rest of the people in Hell who were also all chained and toiling away with picks and shovels.  The recruiter looked up at the Devil and said, “What happened?  This is not how Hell looked when I was on my tour”  The Devil gave him an evil grin and said “Before we were recruiting you, now you are considered an employee”.

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One Response to Recruiting software developers remotely: a cautionary tale…(part two)

  1. Giovana says:

    Harry,Nearly every week, conversations I have with job-seeking pros and exeuctives include their discussion around ‘finding a recruiter’ to help ‘them’ in their search.Thank YOU for providing a post that I’ve now bookmarked to help me help candidates better understand the recruiters’ needs, and how job seekers can position themselves as valuable assets to YOU. (And in turn, receive value BACK during their career transitions.)Jacqui (@ValueIntoWords)

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