My Charmed Life – Revisiting Conversation with Recruiter

Conversation by Patrick Bohnen
Conversation by Patrick Bohnen (Photo credit: Kraemer Family Library)

Actually it wasn’t a conversation with a recruiter.  It was a conversation with a representative from a company that, for a fee, would mastermind a marketing campaign for you to find a new job.  Now I’ve been in the executive search business and I’ve been a corporate recruiter (once a recruiter always a recruiter btw) so I am well aware of what it takes to plan and launch a job search or career change campaign and execute it.

I’m not going into the whole business of those who plan but don’t execute or any of that.  This is about the service which I decided to check into despite feeling that I was qualified to do it on my own.  Let’s just say I did it in the spirit of “the lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client” and plus, I was dying to know how much they charge.

I like to think that I manage to walk away from any serious conversation having learned something – even if it’s a better way to verbalize thoughts that are just swirling around in my ADDiva head.  Here’s what I managed to condense and consolidate from that conversation:  With my experience and at this stage of my career networking my way to a new role is crucial because the key will be in connecting with decision makers who recognize my potential value to their organization and who have the authority to create a position for me if necessary.

I couldn’t help but replay that conversation several times in my mind since my interview last week.  A very astute and good friend of mind has been in a recruiting role she loves for about a year now and since probably day 1 has been telling me that she thinks I’d fit in somehow and it would be a matter of time before she had a premise to get me introduced and we’d be off to the races.

I don’t want to be presumptuous here and say something stupid like “it’s a sure thing” but the fact is that it was my first interview since I stopped working and my second interview with the same company is in two days.  They have several needs and it’s a matter of figuring out how to make the best use of my skills and experience….sound familiar?

I love it when things work out this way!!!!


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