Words with Friends at Work: Oakville Recruiter

Words with Friends at Work: Oakville Recruiter
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Laura Machan

Laura Machan

Laura Machan is a Partner, Recruitment Solutions for Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge 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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Here is a cool thing:  we are in the middle of a Words with Friends tournament at work. It’s a fund raiser for Habitat for Humanity. I have to say I was a bit nervous about the idea.  I like words but I am not an online game player.  I found it a bit intimidating frankly.

But I sucked it up and plunked down my entry fee and waited.  Sure enough, there was an invitation from a guy I don’t know to play the first round.  After some technical glitches, (like the firewall in my office) things got going.

I got skunked.  It turns out there are a lot of works I am not familiar with.  Did you know that ism is a word?  It’s a lot of points if you get it on a triple word score.

At the end of the round, we exchanged emails.  It turns out he is a pretty nice guy and a gracious winner.

This evening, I finished the third game, again with someone in my company that I don’t know.  I lost again but I’d like to think I played a little more respectably.

I don’t really expect to advance to the finals, given my scores but here’s what really happened:  three more people know who I am and what I do.  In my business, that’s a really good thing.

At this year’s holiday party, there will be a whole new crowd of people for me to meet face to face with a whole bunch of weird words in common.

All this for a good cause.  Excellent!

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