Whats the definition of success?

'A man is a success if he gets up in the morning
and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to
do.' - Bob Dylan

September is a busy month in terms of both coaching and recruiting - many companies and individuals seem to view the last 4 months of the year as either an opportunity to spend the years budgets or look to make that all important career move ready to start the new year in a new opportunity.

Recruiters are also very active, between now and the end of the year can make or break their commissions and for some those payments can be significant. Unfortunately that can sometimes mean they lose sight of what is best for the candidate

It reminded me about a certain recruiter who I think only ever worked for one client and therefore when he was contacting people to talk about a great new opportunity he could only really have one 'sales pitch'.

One September he called a friend of mine one day who had to that point a successful career in consumer goods sales and proceeded to tell him that industry was dying, no future, consolidation was happening everywhere - to some extent it was true. However the opportunity he had was hardly an exciting proposition - aluminum extrusions , was how he described it - we knew it as double glazing!

Three years later, again in September, my friend had made the switch to the medical industry and had a call one evening from the same recruiter - his opening line after finding out what my friend was in now was "Thats a dying industry, lots of consolidation - now if you want to get in to a growth industry do I have the opportunity for you - I'm thinking of you and I'm thinking - aluminum extrusions........!!!!!!"

A word to the wise when you get that next headhunters call!!

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