This is the tale of the three hunters. Job hunters to be precise. It’s a perilous tale of promise, of disappointment, of naivety and mistrust and of choice – carefully considered choice.
Let us introduce you to our hunters – all three of whom were striding through the promised lands of the Northern Quarters in search of hospitality’s hallowed prize, the job that everyone wanted: a job at The Castle of Dreams.
Why was it so revered by our hardy hospitality managers? The reason was simple – it offered everything our ambitious trio could ever wish for: the most beautiful work space, guidance from leading industry gods who would mentor them along their journey and a very handsome sum of gold every month in return for their graft and commitment. Tom is our first fair hunter. Desperate to work in the ‘Castle of Dreams’ - he drove up to the castle and saw a notice pinned to the wall: ‘Managers wanted. Apply within’. With great excitement he delivered his carefully worded covering letter and resume through the small letter box at the gate.
Confident that his experience and skills would be recognised in these trusty documents, he strode off into the sunset to await a call from the Castle of Dreams’ Hiring Wizard, to await his destiny. However, I’m afraid this is where poor Tom’s part in our story ends. It’s with a heavy heart I tell you that he did not hear back from the Castle of Dreams. He did not get a call from the Hiring Wizard. And his carefully typed document remained on the cold stone floor of the castle’s gatehouse.
Annie is our next hopeful in this long and twisting tale. She was riding through the town one day and came across a sign in a window that read ‘Jobs Available at the Castle of Dreams ‘. Bingo she thought! Annie knocked on the office door to be greeted by a man who said he was a recruiter, the best in the land no less, and that HE would be the person to get Annie her dream job. She handed over her experience and covering letter and watched optimistically as the recruiter rode to the Castle of Dreams to deliver Annie’s papers.
Back in the town she waited for his return. But the recruiter did not return with feedback. Or a name. Or an interview time. In fact nothing that would help Annie get her dream job. For what Annie did not see was that on approaching the gate at the Castle of Dreams, the guardsman, who didn’t think much of the recruiter, slammed the gates closed firmly in his face. In fact he was never to be seen again. And that, my friends is where Annie’s story ends. A sorry tale I’m sure you will agree.
William is the final hunter in our tale. On his travels through the Northern Quarters he came across a door with ‘Sixty Eight’ etched in gold. Who were these Sixty Eight People and what did they do? He knew he had to find out for himself and so he made an appointment to see them at their hallowed House of Hospitality. A friendly, helpful and easy-going girl invited him in and gave him a strong cup of (Yorkshire) tea. She showed great interest in his past and his future. She asked him about who he was, where he was going and what his dreams looked like. He dared to ask her about his Dream Job at the Castle of Dreams and how she could help him. To William’s amazement, she knew every detail: what it looked like, who worked there, what the food tasted like and who the top industry gods were that ran it.
Then she uttered the words he’d been desperate to hear: “Would you like me to introduce you to them’? William was overjoyed. She offered advice on how to present his experience, what to wear for the journey and how to prepare for the meeting. She took him on her horse, right up to the castle and with bated breath he waited with her as she knocked on the gates. The gates opened in an instant - they clearly knew this girl who seemed to know so much. She said to the gatekeeper: ‘This is the person I was telling you about. This is the man you should meet’.
The pair entered the Castle of Dreams and William was warmly welcomed by everyone there. Later that day, he was crowned their new Manager. His dreams had finally come true and he lived happily ever after.
The moral of our story? Be more William. Choose your path wisely.
Choose your recruiter wisely.