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Recruiting Fish Story

This Fish Story
Will Get You Hooked On Recruiting!
Carol Johnson

Carol Johnson

My Aunt Oweta is a retired Realtor from Temple City, California.  She is the Queen of Internet stories and jokes and keeps me well supplied with a steady stream of new material.  I invite you to use Aunt Oweta's fish story as a management training exercise.  Challenge your team to find recruiting tips from this lesson.  I have identified 25 recruiting key points from this little spoof.  The point of the exercise is to fish for recruiting opportunities during the course of your business day.  When you think recruiting, you will be amazed at how many recruiting opportunities get away every day.  Send us your answers and fish stories, and we'll add them to the list.

Have Fun!

A License to Recruit

Recently, a fisherman was stopped by a Game Warden in Southern Louisiana.  He was leaving a bayou, well known for its good fishing, with two ice chests filled with fish.

The Game Warden asked the man, "Do you have a license to catch those fish?"

The Fisherman replied, "Naw, ma' fren, I ain't got none of dem, no. Dese are my pet fish."

"Pet fish?" The Warden replied. 

"Ya.  Avery night I take dese here fish down to de bayou and let dem swim 'round for a while.  I whistle and ey jump rat back into dere ice chests and I take dem home."

"That's a bunch of hooey!  Fish can't do that!"

The Fisherman looked at the Game Warden for a moment and then said, "It's de truth, ma' fren, I'll show you."

"Okay, I've GOT to see this!"  The Game Warden was curious now.  The Fisherman poured the fish into the bayou and stood and waited.  After several minutes, the Game Warden turned to him and said, "Well?"

"Well, what?" said the Fisherman.

"When are you going to call them back?" the Game Warden prompted.

"Call who back?" the Fisherman asked.

"The fish", the Game Warden asked, amazed that the fisherman was so stupid he forgot what he was doing.  "Call the fish back."

"What fish?" the Fisherman asked.

Get A Line On the Recruiting Process

How does this fish story relate to recruiting? Ask your management team what lessons they learned from this story.  Here are two dozen management lessons that will supply some "reel fun".

  Ask more questions, if something sounds fishy, when interviewing.

  Don�t believe everything you hear.

  Check everyone�s license.

  You don�t need a license to recruit.

  Never take license with the truth.

  Bright people can play dumb all day long, but dumb people can�t play
       bright through a series of interviews.

  Don�t let people dump on you.

  Think outside of the box.

  When situations heat up, chill out.

  Sometimes you get an icy reception, but keep the dialogue open.
       Trust your instincts.

  Water seeks its own level; beware those who are ethically challenged.

  Be prepared for legal issues to surface.

  Conditions and perspective can change in an instant.

  Momentum creates reality.

  Some fish will bite at anything.

  Think like the fish you are trying to catch.

  To attract big fish, you need the right bait and equipment.

  You are not in control of what the other person does, but you can
       predict activity and control your reactions.

  No one comes back when they haven�t been treated right.

  Bad attitudes can cause an office to reel.

  It never pays to break the law.

  Fish stories are legends; top recruits are legendary.

  Pay attention or the big ones will get away.

  Persistence always pays.

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