Relationships aren’t going anywhere…

At one time or another the members of every generation will indulge the habit of recalling, with a mixture of nostalgia and perplexity, whatever it was that formerly constituted standard operating procedure when they were younger. For those alive today, technological change will often feature in these reminiscences. For instance, it still seems baffling to me to remember times when my parents were delayed picking me up from school and I had to wait for…

Don’t Be Caught Out…

There was once a time when English cricket arranged itself along social lines instead of pure skill. ‘Players’ were professionals, often from humble backgrounds, who were paid for their work at the crease or in the field; ‘gentlemen’, on the other hand, sprang from privilege and were strict amateurs who received no payment since they had independent means. Eventually this system was abolished, largely due to amateurism being a poor recipe for competitive sport; the instinct…

Millennials with Benefits

Like a lot of people stabled in this glorious metropolis, I’m not originally from here. I hail from outside and have slowly become “Londonised”. This accounts for certain alterations to my character, such as a marked frustration with pedestrians who meander all over the pavement. It’s also thrown up the need to readjust whenever I return to my native Sussex, for London attitudes don’t necessarily travel well. A good example of this culture clash occurred…

I didn’t order a flake!

This sounds the exclamation of both the irate ice cream purchaser and, alas, the occasional client. The former problem is easily fixed and has no long-term consequences for anybody (unless you take ice cream very, very seriously). If only the same could be said of the latter… But sometimes we lose sight of the fact that in life we’re always part of something greater than ourselves. Such a mindset underpins that looming horror which blights temp desks throughout the land: “flakery” [cue:…

Making an offer: “What do you mean, ‘they’re thinking about it’”?!

It’s not unusual for a candidate to progress to final round with a client, nail the interview, receive an offer and not accept immediately. They want to mull it over, weigh up their options and seek advice from peers before saying “yes”. The client, whose expectations have hopefully been properly managed, is usually understanding of this. But from time to time we encounter a client who seems genuinely dumbfounded that the candidate doesn’t enthusiastically accept without hesitation. That candidates are sometimes a little…

The VWA Search Blooper Reel

I’ve been a VWA Search Consultant for just over a year now. Happily, looking back on 2016 I’m not aware of too many instances where I should’ve addressed an issue differently (emphasis on too many); however, I can reveal certain life lessons I’ve picked up from clients and candidates alike: When a candidate’s CV claims they dealt with “complex dairy management” it doesn’t mean they’re an experienced farmer. If a client seeking to hire a…

The Circle of Life

When I was a wee bairn, the parents dragooned me into a cinema trip to see The Lion King. I wasn’t old enough to realise that it was they who wanted to see the film, and the possession of a small child merely provided a suitable excuse, but I recall enjoying 90 minutes of cartoon magic despite it being a collateral offshoot of their subterfuge. The underlying message of the opening montage for those of…