5. Mar, 2017

My week thirty four summary.

Due to the "Fifth season" it was just half a week, but a lot did happen. I did apply for five new positions, was not shortlisted for four older positions and have been added to the candidate pool of one new headhunter. I did mention two of the NO's already yesterday and will share some more details about the third one now.

A local bank was looking for a Senior Project Manager, who could be the Successor of the leader organization and IT shortly with the following introduction sentence (the handling of the recruiting process was delegated to a headhunter):

  • Our organization and IT department is facing a comprehensive restructuring due to changing framework conditions, complexity to be taken, and ever-increasing (regulatory) requirements. For this department, we are looking for a person with a strong personality and leadership ...

I did apply on Friday, openly mentioning that I do not have a banking background, but a lot of experience with service delivery and customer orientation, plus that digital transformation topics will be the challenge of the next years and this is not specific for banks. So if you are really interested in a change and an outside view, thinking out of the box could have been an alternative solution. The headhunter told me yesterday, just after one day, that I will not be taken into account, due to my missing banking experience. 

From a headhunter perspective I can understand the decision, these guys only get paid when a candidate signs the contract. But from a customer perspective, in this case the bank, the priorities for selection could have been defined more flexible, to make a change? Who cares, I was shortly thinking about going into a discussion with the headhunter with respect to his selection criteria, but then I just wished him a nice weekend, as this was not my top priority job anyway. 

Next week Tuesday I will have a F2F interview with an Engineering and IT service company that did contact me via XING. On Wednesday I will finish the preparation tasks for the education that will be sponsored by the government labor office. Besides that I am expecting some feedback from the companies that did interview me before the carnival break.

As a bonus for your next week two articles about meetings, an ongoing issue in a lot of companies:

You know, when I sit in meetings and things are very tense and people take things extremely seriously and they invest a lot of their ego, I sometimes think to myself, 'Come on, you know, there's life and there's death and there is love.' And all of that ego business is nonsense compared to that. Christine Lagarde