Tales from the recruitment cryptBy Dianne Bradshaw01/15/2001|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2003 Targeted international recruiting poses its own challenges. Sometimes, despite the best research, things are not as they seem. Take, for example, my experience as a recruiter for Bio-Research Laboratories in the 1980s. My mandate was to identify, locate and recruit a rare top scientist in the U.K.I had determined his name, and that of his employer, but could go no further. The company protected its intellectual property well; there was a “firewall” around key employees, and the receptionist would not let me talk to him. Clearly, a more creative solution was called for.For two days I was stymied. Then, just like in the cartoons, a light bulb went on. I cleverly reasoned that Dr. X would have to live within commuting distance of this company, which was located in a rural area. After looking at the map, and making some inquiries, I identified only one community that looked like a nearby residential area. Taking a deep breath and crossing my fingers, I called Directory Assistance. Bingo! They did indeed have a listing for an individual by that name, and in that town. My creativity was rewarded. Things were soon to get even better. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.