In Friday’s blog post (“Noah’s Job Search”, 8/9/13) I introduced the fine work of Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler, founders of CareerXroads, a consulting company specializing in human resources, staffing, and recruiting.  As promised, I am devoting additional blog posts to their excellent and enlightening report (“This Year’s Mystery Job Seeker: Noah Z. Ark, A Man For The Modern World”

Yes indeed, the newest fictitious online job seeker was none other than Noah Z. Ark (alluding to the real Noah of biblical proportions).  Once the reader would drill further down Noah’s resume, the summaries of experience became quite interesting:

Gathered intelligence utilizing computer expertise on the migration of animals in large vessels during severe thunder storms.  Contacted by the big kahuna on what to do to collect and train animals to survive during the big flood.  Utilized computer modeling and decision making theory to determine which pairs of mammals could survive a long ocean voyage under catastrophic weather conditions.  Exceptional negotiating skills having brokered numerous deals with foreign governments over animal rights laws.

In the busyness of all our recruiting and hiring activity, it is nice to see some companies still know how to take a joke—or make one.  I reported in an earlier blog post that six companies unmasked Noah’s true identity as a mystery job seeker.  These companies are Aflac, Build-a-Bear, Container Corporation, Datamark, Quicken Loans, and Zappos.  The recruiting director at Container Corporation could not resist responding in kind to Noah.  I tip my hat to Container Corporation for being willing to play along:

We are thrilled that you applied online and shared your interest in The Container Store.  You applied to our Software Quality Assurance Manager position and, at this time, we are not able to move forward with you in the interviewing process for that role.  We are, however, looking for someone with great leadership skills who has an expertise working with pairs—particularly if they go in two-by-two.  If you have spoken to the Almighty and think a flood is coming, please let us know and we’ll talk further.

Whatever floats your boat!

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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