#441: Help Wanted!

GETTING MORE TALE #441: Help Wanted!

Back in the Record Store Days, hiring seemed to go in waves, with the students.  Periodically we’d lose some of our best people as they moved on to further their educations.  We’d go on hiring binges, looking for 3-4 good solid new people.  This was done by putting out ads.

Paraphrasing our old print ads, we would advertise that we were looking for the following:

  • Hours: 15 hours a week, evenings & weekends.  Looking for long-term commitment, not a seasonal position.  Duties include buying and selling of used CDs.  Retail experience is helpful but not required.  Superior musical knowledge a plus.  Apply in person only.

Then we would have set hours for them to apply (usually between 2 and 7), during which I (and other managers) would be working.  People didn’t always like that “apply in person only” part, but it was there for a reason.  It was so the store manager (me) could gauge whether you were flaky or not.  Even though store managers were not involved in hiring, we could at least offer our impressions of the applicants when they came in to apply.  Were they polite?  Were they dicks?  Were they high?

Like anywhere, we occasionally ended up with a few bad apples.  If I were to make an “honest” hiring ad based on the number of times we’d been burned before, here is what it would probably look like.


Don’t get me wrong – we hired lots and lots and lots of great people with the standard ads.  But I think mine is better!


RECORD STORE TALES Part 94:  Staffing
RECORD STORE TALES Part 185:  Staffing 2.0



  1. Ok. I’ll be in around noon tomorrow since I am partying late tonight, and I’ll pay for all my discounted music with my first 3 or 4 cheques. I would assume since it is my first day that I will pick all the music, right. Also, since I am going through my first year of University, and I am taking business, that I already know everything, so please don’t offend me be trying to teach me anything.
    Oh and since I’ll still be really hung over don’t work me too hard. See you when I get there.

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        1. Mike would have loved to interview you.

          “Aaron. Pretend this cd is dirty and needed cleaning. How hard would you rub it?”

          “That’s what she said”

          “Aaron. A customer is at the counter. How would you give him a hand?”

          “That’s what she said”

          “You’re hired.”


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        2. I know, not having a TV, we choose what we want to see. Our veg sessions are very planned! Haha.

          TPB, Seinfeld, South Park… lots I haven’t seen at all. But I have seen all of Sopranos, Breaking Bad and (to current) Game Of Thrones, so that’s gotta count for something! :)

          As for your next cue, you see how easy it is. I mean, man, people set ’em up and they just hang there, just waiting for it. It’s addicting. I wonder if I need to seek help… Hahahaha!


        3. Have not seen any BCS. I suppose we should, someday, though I’ve heard some people say it’s not very good.

          I totally missed the Seinfeld boat. Ah well. They made a whole show out of people getting coffee? I approve. MORE COFFEE!!!!


        4. Don’t believe it. Better Call Saul is awesome.

          Speaking of coffee. When you were in the rant on National Coffee Day, I assumed you were imitating Kramer. There was a Seinfeld episide where he got a lifetime supply of coffee.

          You should watch it. Funny.


        5. Haha nope, that’s just me drinkin’ black coffee STARE AT THE WALLS! :)

          Will see if I can find BCS somewhere. Is it on DVD?

          Seinfeld too, maybe our library has it…


        6. Not sure about dvd. If you get a streaming service (apple, roku etc.) you can get these shows.

          Also youtube may have.

          Youtube the Seinfeld Episode The Maestro. Like all episodes, it has a few storylines.


        7. After all these years he was the only person I ever met that hated The Hip.

          He also cheered for the Patriots, drank Coors light, had baseball cap on backwards and had sunglasses on, inside, at night.
          So the evidence against listening to his dumb ass was all there.


        8. It us funny because even record store employees, owners can have such varied tastes. I can bet there were times when people that worked there got their backs up over arguments about music.
          Probably it would have taken a guy like Uncle Meat to settle things since he is not opiniated.


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        9. No not at all! I’ve been trying to goad him into dropping a comment. No luck.

          We did get into arguments, but only the dicks took these discussions too far. Mostly we’d just try to avoid playing bands we knew the other person hated. But I was outnumbered, I was the last rocker most of the time.

          I had to listen to a lot of “indy”. Fucking Franz Ferdinand. I never want to hear their song “Darling Michael” ever again.


        10. She sounds like a Nautical Disaster, and I bet you had it Up To Here with her.

          My wife LOVES The Hip.

          She waited until after we were married to tell me she hates Gordon Lightfoot’s voice though.


        11. Well, there was a lot of Trickle Down, with that one, but we spent a Long Time Running before I learned She Didn’t Know how to embrace the band. Ah well. That surely wasn’t the main reason for the end, but I was already On The Verge and then I found that out… hahaha. Lovely girl. I wish her well.

          My lovely wife can’t stand Neil Young’s voice. I doubt it would have been a dealbreaker though.


        12. It was not a deal breaker for me either. But it makes me think about wedding vows. There should be something on there about music.
          Also, I think Lebrain or someone should start a pre-marriage class focused on music.

          A few baseline questions.

          “Will you let your spouse continue to collect records after you’re married, without any grief, no matter how much space they take up?”
          “Do you really want to spend the rest of your life with someone who doesn’t know who Led Zeppelin is?”

          I think the Lebrain Pre-Nup would be the biggest seller.


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