A few days ago I met the literal Antichris(t). Let me explain:
This guy contacted me several times. I never responded, because he was a recruiter and they usually all want the same thing – which is exactly what I am not offering. (They want me to introduce them to companies that could be potential clients)
But this guy just wouldn’t give up. He reached out to a friend of mine and convinced my friend to make an introduction. He did all of this in a respectful and polite manner – which finally convinced me to give him a chance.
We got on the phone and this is what he proposed:
“I am a recruiter and my company is expanding from East Europe to Germany. You know lots of people – if you introduce me to potential clients you will get 30% of the deal.”
So far not surprising.
“We have lots of experience and work for many big companies. We usually place 400 people in a single deal. Right now they are 95% Ukrainians.”
I am still on holiday and my kids were playing in the same room. Maybe that’s the reason why I didn’t pick up the flashing red alarm sign and the screaming of the sirens.
“We place factory workers in manufacturing.”
My son interrupted me to show me a toy and my brain still didn’t catch up with the info. Instead I explained to the guy that my target group is very different from his and that we wouldn’t be a good match. Because I work with university educated professionals, who – in Germany – will earn from 72.000 EUR annually upwards. Many earn North of 100.000 EUR.
“Don’t worry. You might deal with white collar workers. But most of them need factory workers as well – you would be surprised. Do you know people in these industries…”
He made a good sales pitch there. Because it’s true: Often we think we cannot contribute anything, but once we know more details and think a bit outside of our immediate daily business, there are lots of ways to contribute – and benefit.
“You can get 30% commission for every deal that we make. We usually make at least 100.000 EUR on a single deal, so you could make 30.000 EUR with a single introduction!
Finally my brain catched up and I understood what was going on.
“We charge the companies five EUR per hour. The workers get three EUR per hour. Everybody wins.”
Well, no “pal”. The workers certainly don’t “win”. They get screwed. You win. You suck 40 percent out of the workers’ contribution. You want to buy my reputation and my soul for 30.000 EUR – and you leave the workers slaving away for three EUR per hour. That there are still loopholes in Germany, that enable this kind of exploitation, is despicable.
That guy calls himself a recruiter. But what he really is, is a slave trader. He is the actual Anti-Chris(t).
Because I do the exact opposite of this guy. First of all: I work exclusively for you: The professional who is searching for a new job. I refuse to take money from companies, because that would create an unneccesary obstacle for you.
My sole goal is to help you get the best job possible – and then get the best compensation for your work.
One of my clients found a job in the Netherlands. He asked me for advice on how to get the best possible deal. His salary was already at the upper end of what was possible with that organisation. So, instead we focused on the transition period from his old job to the new one.
His relocation package was very generous. There was no room for improvement here. (My client had to move from South Africa to the Netherlands.)
But with my help he negotiated a generous “signing bonus” on top. The bonus alone was double what he had paid me for six months of intensive one-on-one coaching.
If you want someone who is really in your corner: I will be as invested in your career as you are yourself.
Better sign up today. 🙂
I wish you success.