Regina Hartley Hire the Scrapper

Regina Hartley Encourages Hiring Departments to “Give the ‘Scrapper’ a Chance”

“. . . Who are you going to bet on: Silver Spoon or Scrapper? I say choose the underestimated contender whose secret weapons are passion and purpose. Hire the Scrapper.”

Regina Hartley Hire the Scrapper
Regina Hartley Encourages Hiring Departments to “Give the ‘Scrapper’ a Chance. Original Photo Courtesy of Skitter Photo. Edited by Me.

Those are the words of Regina Hartley, Human Resources Director for UPS Information Services, in her recent Ted Talk entitled, Why the Best Hire Might Not Have the Perfect Resume.

These job candidate categories were created by Mrs. Hartley and her colleagues.

“My colleagues and I created ‘very official terms’ to describe two distinct categories of candidates. We call Candidate A the ‘Silver Spoon.’ The one who clearly had advantages and was destined for success. And we Call B the ‘Scrapper.’ The one who had to fight against tremendous odds to get to the same point.”

She knows these terms aren’t politically correct, so she explains her reasoning for them. From there, she urges hiring managers to interview “the scrapper” because of her own experience as one.

She believes scrappers should be taken seriously in hiring.

Why? Because they don’t give up.

 “When things don’t turn out well, scrappers ask: what can I do differently to create a better result.”

This can prove beneficial to companies who are really in search of effective employees.

Will You Watch Hartley’s Presentation?

I consider this video worthy of your view.

For those experiencing the difficulty of unemployment, it serves as an inspiration to: not to lose sight of your knowledge, skills, and abilities.

An inspiration to: Not feel defeated by unemployment. Instead, continue learning, growing, and moving forward.

With so many of the long-term unemployed ruled out in the hiring process, despite being qualified for jobs, the speech also provides a refreshing perspective – ( or a sensible approach) – for those in hiring positions.

Persons going through unemployment deserve a chance at jobs. Regardless of resume presentation (i.e., inclusion of no workforce activity for a lengthy period), many unemployed candidates are credentialed and skilled and seek an opportunity to share these skills and talents like others.

Still, hiring managers often look for “flawless, no gaps in employment with no known failures.” And what happens is: they pass over qualified job seekers worthy of a closer look.

Will hiring authorities consider the words of Mrs. Hartley when reviewing resumes and making hiring decisions?  We’ll see.

But, for now, check out the video below and be inspired to continue pushing through the challenge of finding your next position.

P. S. Were you inspired by Hartley’s Ted Talk video? I’d love to hear your thoughts.


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