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phone calls, show you an out-of-date showreel and, more often than not,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