Pokemon Go for Jobs

Yellow Pokemon in a field
Pokemon Go for Jobs

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Laura Machan

Laura Machan

Laura Machan is a Partner, Talent Acquisition Group at Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions based in Toronto, Ontario. Although she has been recruiting for quite a few years, she still gets a big thrill from calling someone to set up an interview and an even bigger thrill when she hears a happy dance as she tells them when their new job starts. Laura lives with her family in Oakville, where she has lived for over 25 years, and is a significant contributor to the Canadian Federation of University Women - Oakville and Women in Nuclear, Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

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Are you playing Pokemon? If you are not, you probably know someone who is. It’s pretty fun to stumble across a little digital creature, toss a few balls at it and add it to your collection. I am at level six which, apparently, is pretty good for someone my age.

Part of the reason kids are successful with this game is that other kids tell them where to look. I was parked in front of a store yesterday and was not allowed to pull out of the spot because the folks in my back seat heard there was a rare Pokemon in the parking lot.

Imagine, if we were this vigilant in helping people find jobs. When was the last time you forwarded a job posting? When you see roles open up at your company, do you pause for a moment to think about anyone you know who might be interested?

You should. You would want your friends to think of you, right?

Most of us stumble across interesting corporate information all the time. We are usually going too fast or too inwardly focused to think about others.

Let’s take a lesson from the kids. You don’t have to go to their extremes. I am not suggesting you end up on private property or jump in the lake in search of a great job lead for your brother-in-law, but you could certainly be more open and thoughtful. We could all do that.

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