How Sadie Hawkins Day Is Like Recruiting

Here’s a riddle for everyone looking to make a hire or get a date for Saturday night: How is Sadie Hawkins Day like recruiting?

Give up? Really?? This is an easy one! Both of you get to court the object of your desire.

Sadie Hawkins Day is “celebrated” on the first Saturday after November 9, which of course, is tomorrow. According to tradition — a tradition that evolved from a comic strip back in 1937 — Sadie Hawkins is the day when girls could ask boys out on a date and they pretty much had to accept. Back in pre-war America, that sort of thing just didn’t happen. But it caught on fast, after cartoonist Al Capp inked the first Sadie Hawkins Day race in his L’il Abner strip.

Get the connection? Back in 1937, workers answered newspaper ads, showed up at hiring halls, or got a job through connections, often family. There were military recruiting stations, and employment agencies, but they charged the job-seeker. Recruiting, as it is practiced today, was all but unknown 75 years ago.

Reaching out to a candidate had the same social status as girls asking out boys. Now, everybody’s asking everybody and IT professionals are hanging up on everyone.

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The folks at have a little video that explains everything about why the turnover rate for physicians is rising. They say they take their work seriously, but “we also get the importance of not taking ourselves too seriously. So we thought we’d entertain the people we value most.”

Until I read that, I thought this video was a documentary.

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John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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1 Comment on “How Sadie Hawkins Day Is Like Recruiting

  1. Interesting post and good comparision! Back in the old days, the recruiting business was very different. Recruiters weren’t calling up job seekers and passive candidates asking if they would be interested in an interview, whether in person or through online video. Back then, job seekers found their jobs through family, friends, and newspaper ads. Like Sadie Hawkins day, our modern technological age has turned this paradigm on it’s head. And just like empowering girls to ask out the boys they really like, it’s allowed recruiters to find the talent their company really needs.

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