Corporate Eye

Get the Popcorn: A Festival of Recruiting Videos


Visit these flick sites for a summer triple-feature:

1.       In case you weren’t one of the 225 (give or take) folks who got to attend the “first ever” Social Recruiting Summit, pretend you were there by watching videos of several sessions.   Choices include:  “LinkedIn Networking with Shally Steckerl,” “Online Employer Reputation and Social Recruiting with Shannon Seery Gude,” and “Ubiquity and Authenticity in Social Media with Laurie Ruettimann.”

2.       In case you don’t have time to troll various sites in search of corporate recruiting videos, find a short (but handy) roundup of YouTube links at’s “Job Searching” channel.  You can also do your own YouTube search–but let me save you some time:  Any search string with “recruiting” in it will bring back lots of opportunities to join the armed services and/or play college sports.   Go with “career opportunities” and “corporate recruitment.”

3.       In case you want to rummage around for treasures in a big basket of job-related videos, stop by the Video Job Shop.   And for a real treat (it’s honestly hypnotic) check out some of the one-minute career overviews stored in the VJS Library.  No matter what you ever wanted to be, you can watch a video about it:  Choreographer, Bindery Worker, Glassblower, Psychiatrist, Railroad Yardmaster, Paleontologist, Able Seaman, Fine Artist, Coroner, Nuclear Engineer, Drywall Installer, CEO . . .

There haven’t been any Hollywood blockbusters (yet) about corporate recruiting, but if you want to include a  big screen business classic in your festival–Forbes came up with a list of The Ten Greatest Business MoviesCitizen Kane, Wall Street, The Insider, Network, and six more.   Business Pundit’s more adventurous list offers up fifty choices, including charmers (Baby Boom, In Good Company, Working Girl); thrillers (The Game, Antitrust, Disclosure); satires (The Hudsucker Proxy, The Coca-Cola Kid, Barbarians at the Gate); documentaries (The Corporation, Salesman); serious stuff (Glengarry Glenn Ross, The Boiler Room); and some surprises (All About Eve, Once Upon a Time in the West).

Missing from both lists are two of the all-time best biz-flicks:  the intelligent corporate soap opera Executive Suite (1954), and the sly, smart farce The Wheeler Dealers (1963).  If you haven’t seen them, now’s the time.

Summer’s just getting started!

(Thanks to Mo Kaiwen for a great shot of the modern movie palace.)

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Cynthia Giles has followed a serpentine career path from academia to publishing to marketing and design to information technology and corporate communications. There’s plenty of detail about this journey at, but briefly--the common theme has been ideas, and how to present them effectively. Along the way, she became an accidental expert on data warehousing and business intelligence, and for the past ten years she has combined corporate contracting with an independent consulting practice that focuses on marketing strategy for smaller businesses and non-profits. Having spent quite a bit of time looking for work, and anywhere from two weeks to two years inside a wide variety of American companies—she has given much thought to what works (and what doesn’t) when it comes to creating a great employment fit.