Saturday, January 16, 2010

Be Original, Not A Copycat

I've noticed a trend in San Francisco lately... panhandlers with pets. About 6 months ago I saw a guy in the Marina asking for money. What made him unique is that had mammalian pet trifecta - a dog, a cat, and a rat - in a pyramid. How the heck do you stack a live rat on a live cat on a live dog and get them all to sit still? Check this out...

I don't know if Mr. Mammals started this trend, but lately I've been seeing a heck of a lot of panhandlers with animals. I saw a woman yesterday the with two of bushiest cats EVER, and then I saw a guy with a rat, lots of people with dogs, etc. Since I think the novelty of using cutesy creatures to raise funds on the street may be at its saturation point, I recommend Mr. Mammals move on to a different gimmick or at least different animals (a shark on a horse on a camel?).

How does this relate to recruiting? Um... uh... I should be the first recruiter to use a cat AND the first recruiter to ditch the cat in favor of the next trend! I'd of course keep the cat, but I'd stop shamelessly exploiting it for marketing purposes.

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