Unemployed, Brooke Allen really wanted a job (noshortageofwork.com). Many people he knew were also out of work. A friend sent him to a brokerage, where he thought quickly on his feet, meeting every objection the interviewer had.
I hope we arent wasting your time, the interviewer said, but we have no jobs. There is a hiring freeze.
You have no work? Allen rejoined. Yes, but short-term, for consultants. Allen wasnt incorporated. After the man left for a meeting, Allen picked up the telephone, with the mans permission, whipped out his credit card and paid $240 to be incorporated.
When the man came back, Allen handed him his Federal Tax ID number and gave him the name of his company. Gaining approved-vendor status would take months. Allen called an approved vendor, a friend, and presto! became an approved sub-contractor.
Could this enterprising applicant do the job? Allen said hed work for a month, gratis, if the man didnt like his work. His payment would be learning what the man wanted. (Then, of course, hed do it.) Next hoop: salary. He wanted $100 per hour to the companys $87.50, adding that hed take $25 for the chance to work.
Not just hired, he was paid.