CAMPAIGN DIARY: I’M ONLY A PUNTER BUT

Headhunters? Estate agents, more like - throw enough names at the job and maybe one will stick. For the sort of commission level an estate agent could only dream of, all the headhunter has to do is make a few phone calls, show you an out-of-date showreel and, more often than not, send you on a wild goose chase.

Headhunters? Estate agents, more like - throw enough names at the

job and maybe one will stick. For the sort of commission level an estate

agent could only dream of, all the headhunter has to do is make a few

phone calls, show you an out-of-date showreel and, more often than not,

send you on a wild goose chase.



The irony is that it is you who will have to do all the real work,

laying a complex smokescreen of ’dental appointments’ and explaining

away messages from ’a mate who will call back later’. And to what end?

Sitting in a room with a bloke whose glazed expression clearly

demonstrates he wasn’t looking for someone like you at all.



When the interview goes badly, self-doubt sets in and then the

headhunters really come into their own, dismissing your angst with: ’Oh,

they just didn’t think you were right for them ...’ Strange, because

only days before they felt ’sure this was the one for you’.



If you’ve been through this recently, just stop and ask yourself: ’How

did I get here?’ ’Would I trust the advice of anyone as ill-qualified as

headhunters in any other aspect of my job?’ (For they are all, let’s

face it, either 12 years old or last worked in the business before

Channel 4, never mind 5, hit the screen.)



Why don’t headhunters follow the basic principles of the industry they

claim to serve and stick to a tight, agreed brief to avoid wasting

everyone’s time? Seems to work for the ads - might just work for the

people as well.



Send your rants to: Diary Editor, 174 Hammersmith Road, London W6 7JP.



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