Who’s a Career Casanova then?

Sadly the fast and furious route to executive placement can turn out to be like a pick-up bar – full of promise from both parties, though often empty and ultimately unfulfilling. Think Tinder and Good2Go. Urrgh. It gives the illusions of satisfaction but really? Like a three act opera, LinkedIn plays that libertine Don Giovanni, inviting us to freely indulge in sensual pleasures magically solving all recruitment heartaches. Hiring anyone from CEOs to snake charmers, all you need these days is a cloud to float your tablet on, and you have your own virtual recruitment chorus.

Job boards, instant matching and corporate networks; could these inter-party relationships get any more romantic?

Acquiring executive search skills is a long term affair. It takes many years of devotion to the craft of pursuit, a passion for the market, commitment to networking, using the advances in behavioural science and psychology to profile latent and proven talent, and understanding organisational behaviours. Once found (head hunted) that perfect candidate then needs to be seduced into having a conversation about the opportunity and wooed right through to the consummation of the hiring process.

Quick fix hiring just can’t replace the slow burn, the deep enquiry and the working relationship built on strong foundations.

Reputable executive search firms offer a service guarantee, which comes with a realistic expectation that both clients and candidates will be satisfied with the experience. Don’t take my word for it though, I could just be another Career Casanova.

Have you ever fantasised about how easy it should be to find the perfect candidate or been seduced by a head hunter? I’d love to hear about it.

Featured image: Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Taryn Fiebig in Opera Australia’s production of Don Giovanni. Photo by Branco Gaica.

Warwick Brown

Warwick Brown is an Organisational Psychotherapist and Executive Career Expert with over 25 years recruitment experience. His specialisations are STEM centred Industrials, FMCG / Consumer Durables, and Not-For-Profits.

Warwick Brown
Practice Lead
Search, Selection, Contracting, Talent Management

Slade Executive Recruitment
Level 14, 20 Hunter Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: +61 2 9006 8777

Posted in Slade Executive, The world @work
2 comments on “Who’s a Career Casanova then?
  1. Tim Renwick says:

    This article resonates very highly. This year I’ve been approached by the “ambulance chasers” of the recruitment industry with no auspices on behalf of any company. They tell you they’re “candidate based” after wooing you with an amazing company’s more-amazing job offer only to find out that there is no head-hunting just an opportunity for a listing, no different to rascal real estate agents promising huge dollars for your home with no realistic chance of reaching that target.

  2. Thanks Tim. While it’s disappointing to hear the article resonated with a bad experience, I do appreciate your comments. It certainly highlights the need to deal with a reputable recruitment consultancy. Slade Executive has a proud 45 year history, with a strong focus on candidate care. Please feel free to call me if I can be of further assistance.

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