Methods of Recruitment
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Methods of Recruitment

 

Obtaining a position at an Edinburgh printing house was often done through word of mouth.  Most employees who worked in the trade had family members who would work in the firm or knew someone already employed there.  This lady who went to work in Thomas Nelsons talks about the recruitment work undertaken by the firm's industrial nurse.

Listen to ' Being Recruited '(1:07 min - Transcript below)

 

‘I tell you how they did it. You see the school that I went to, they had eh, connections with eh, Nelsons. And they put forward like as, as we were leaving school, they put forward our names as eh, possible employees, you see. And I didn’t even apply for a job. But they had a welfare worker, who looked after the girls. And she came to see ma mother and she asked ma mother if I would like to work in Nelsons. Asked all ma in- intimate things, you know, an she said, eh, would I like to work in Nelsons. So of course at that time I was the eldest of ten of a family, so I had to get tae work quickly to make some money, you see. So ma mother said ‘oh yes’, she says ‘that would be lovely’, because I could walk to it from where I lived'.