Doggy Haircuts and Recruitment

by Jessica Gendron Williams

Maximus and Brutus

In these financial times, everyone is trying to pinch pennies every way they can.  In an effort to save money, I decided to save a couple hundred dollars every six weeks by giving my wonderful dogs (Max and Brutus) a haircut at home.  For record, I am not a professional dog groomer.  I’ve never cut my dogs hair at home – I’ve always left that up to the professionals, but it’s pricey.  So this week, I was determined to do it myself (Max and Brutus were in desperate need of a haircut).  Not knowing what I needed or how to do it, I went on a search, scouring the internet for advice, information, and resources to do it myself. 

I found a couple sites that provided me a list of tools that I would need (most of which we already had a home).  I then found a couple of videos on YouTube that showed me exactly how – step-by-step – to give Max (our Yorkie) the proper cut.  Yorkies have a pretty precise cut that they get for their face that requires scissors, clippers, specific angles, etc.  It’s complicated.  I watched the videos, took notes, analyzed the situation, and set up shop – fully prepared to dive in headfirst and just try. 

What’s the worst that could happen?  A lot, to be frank.  I could completely jack up my dogs’ hair and make them look totally ridiculous until it grew out.  I could make a mistake with the sharp scissors or clippers and end up cutting the one of the dogs.  What if one of the dogs moved suddenly and I snipped them accidently?  Needless to say, there were a lot of risks and variables in the situation.  However, instead of letting the fear of failure stand in my way – I went for it.  I tried.

The end result was actually quite good.  They turned out pretty nicely if you ask me (you can tell by the photo with the blog).  Is it perfect?  Heck no!  But I know that the more and more I cut their hair myself, the better I will be – the better it will look.   I took the risk; struggled along the way, learned from the mistakes I made, yet I am certain that when I try again, it will be better.

What does this have to do with recruitment?  A lot actually.   Well at least these two things… 1) Try. Just Try.  And 2) The instructions are out there, just follow them.

1. Try. Just Try.

Much of what we talk about in our recruitment philosophy is centered around building relationships, meeting strangers, and growing your social network as a way to bring people into your organizations.  We have systems to do that, activities to provide opportunities, and lots of resources to help you know what to do.  What we find most of the time, however, is that when it comes down to it, that most people struggle with the simplest of the tasks – stepping out there and trying to make new friends; the fear of failure and rejection is so powerful that most of the time, most people don’t even try.

Sure there are a lot of risks – people could make fun of you for being weird, people could reject you, you could totally screw it up.  The question remains though, how do you know if you don’t try?  Sure you could kinda suck at it the first time, but you learn from the mistakes and try again.  The more and more you do it, the more you will learn, and the better you will be at making friends and talking to strangers.  You can be certain that the next time you try it, it will be better.

2. The instructions are out there, just follow them.

Phired Up has lots of resources for you to be fully prepared and have all of the resources you need to be successful in recruitment and making friends.  Seriously, most of it is free (or very low cost).  Read the book, access the free resources, build an action plan in your workbook, read the HUNDREDS of ideas shared through this blog, ask for advice on Facebook, ask your campus advisor to help you build a to-do list that will drive results, call your organization’s headquarters and request an instructive manual or to be connected to the best recruiting chapter in the country, etc.  Heck, search YouTube (that link is Phired Up’s YouTube channel) for “sales training,” “networking skills,” “how to make friends,” etc.  These searches will likely get you some funny videos, but I’ll guarantee you’ll learn some stuff.  My point is that there is a ton of free information out there that can make your life (and your organization) better.  Use it.  Folow the instructions provided.

Most of all, we dare you to try.  We dare you to talk to five strangers this week.  We dare you to try to make five new friends.  Will it be perfect the first time you do it?  Heck no!  But we know that the second, third, fourth, and even fifth time you try, it will be better.  How will you know until you try?  We dare you to use this summer to fine tune your Social Excellence and Recruitment skills, to work on talking to strangers, so that when it comes time for recruitment, you’ll be better.  Follow the instructions, and just try.