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Oops! Recruiter’s Inadvertent Work Voicemail Goes Viral

An important goal for recruiters when leaving voicemails is to have people return their calls, right? Not forward it on to the national media? But that’s exactly what happened when an anonymous recipient of a voicemail-gone-wrong decided to share this gem with the world.

Business in the front, party in the back
The voicemail starts off much like you’d expect: business as usual. Then, the caller hangs up — or so she thinks — and proceeds to serenade what we can only guess (or hope!) is her pet.

Some priceless lines include: “You’re in demand, my little boo-boo” and “I love my little beary-kins.”

Listen to the voicemail, first secured by Deadspin, and the hilarity that ensues. (Hey, it could be worse. At least we know she’s not a robot.)

Empathizing over embarrassments
If there’s one thing we ALL have in common, it’s that we’ve done embarrassing things while on the job that we may conveniently prefer to forget. Well, I’m asking you to dig up one such long-lost memory and share it with us so we can all have a laugh on this dreary Tuesday.

And in the spirit of airing our embarrassing memories, I’ll go first.

Where I live, you have to dial 9 and then 1 before proceeding to punch in the number of the person you’re trying to reach. Well, one day I inadvertently dialed 9-1-1 and immediately hung up after realizing what I did. They, of course, registered my number and gave me a call back immediately to check on me. I was told it could’ve been worse – that if I hadn’t responded immediately they might have actually sent in reinforcements. Now wouldn’t that have been a story for the grandkids!

Comment below or tweet us and we may just send you a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card if you have a good story to share – you know, to help alleviate the pain.

Deanna Hartley

About Deanna Hartley

Deanna Hartley is a senior copywriter and community manager on the creative services team at CareerBuilder, where she writes about issues that are top of mind for employers and recruiters – including talent acquisition, employee engagement and retention. An avid social media user, Deanna is the face behind @CBforEmployers on Twitter as well as CBforEmployers’ Facebook and Instagram pages, so it’s easy to stay connected with her. Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Deanna was a senior editor for the Human Capital Media Group, publishers of Talent Management, Chief Learning Officer, Diversity Executive and Workforce Management magazines. Deanna holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She loves caffeine, social media, pop culture and dogs – though not necessarily in that order.

I was in my boss' office complaining about a coworker. The coworker came in and we talked about this issue sort of like, "Oh, since you're here..." 

The next day, that coworker came into my office and said that overnight he began to realize that I had been complaining about him to my boss. He was very mad and asked me not to do that in the future. I was so embarrassed. 

When I was much younger and living from paycheck to paycheck, I had a great boss who always made sure I took food home from corporate luncheons and so on. She looked after me as best she could and I appreciated it so much. I was telling her about a woman I had seen in a store and how I knew she was an older woman because the skin on the back of her hands had begun to get sort of papery. 

My boss just looked at me. Not picking up on the cue, I looked at her hands and said, "Just like that." 



@caronosberg Not dumb - human! We're all human and make mistakes like that that we can maybe smile/laugh about later but I'm sure feel very cringeworthy at the time. Thank you for sharing!


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