rhetorical agency, fantasy theme, recruiting communication, entrepreneurial communication, visual rhetoric
This study investigates the themes that drive persuasive recruiting appeals, or stories, designed to attract new, entrepreneurial workers in the direct selling industry. It offers a rhetorical perspective informed by fantasy theme analysis on the themes present in the recruiting content on the corporate Web sites of three direct selling companies (Mary Kay, Stella & Dot, and Scentsy). The analysis indicates that rhetorical agency is a core theme in the persuasive recruiting stories for these companies. Offering a means for business and technical communication scholars to explore agency or other persuasive story themes in context, this study addresses how a rhetorical perspective is useful to assess recruiting appeals in shifting, entrepreneurial work contexts.
Original Publication Citation
Martin, Sara E., and Jacob D. Rawlins. “Stories They Tell: The Rhetoric of Recruiting Independent Consultants.” Journal of Business and Technical Communication 32/4 (2018): 447–79.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Rawlins, Jacob D. and Martin, Sarah E., "Stories They Tell: The Rhetoric of Recruiting Independent Consultants" (2018). Faculty Publications. 6335.
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