3 April 2013
If I could turn back time
Praise the big guy for the invention of the paper shredder and
curse him for the invention of Facebook. Never has evidence of
misgivings been more permanent or damage to my reputation more
irreparable than in the age of instant photographic evidence.
Today I go to an all you can eat challenge, tomorrow I'm
receiving phone calls from telemarketers offering me discounted gym
memberships. Today I jump out of a perfect good airplane in the
name of fun and tomorrow I am bombarded with calls about the
importance of life insurance. Today I decide beer is awesome and
tomorrow my 'friends' remind me that I'm no longer 21. As does my
head. Today I dance with a lamp shade on my head and tomorrow my
mother likes the photo on Facebook.
But for all of man kind's brilliance in highlighting my past
mistakes to me, he's yet to figure out a way to let me turn back in
time and let me undo the deed. There's three backspace keys on my
computer but not a single one in real life.
Every day in the recruitment world I see people playing the 'if
only' game. If only I had known this before I came on board. If
only I could go back to the beginning of my career and choose a
different path. If only I hadn't worn a mini skirt to that job
Now before you get too excited, my time machine is in the shop.
I don't have the magic formula to change your past and I've seen
too many poor Sci Fi movies about the consequences to do it anyway.
What if you accidentally kill your own grandfather?
Here's what I can offer you - Advice before you make the
decision to start with. If you want to know what's happening with a
mining company and what their average tenure is like, ask me. If
you want to know what roles you should be taking now to make
yourself ready for your dream job in the future, ask me. If you
want to know if the salary you're being offered is about right for
your level of experience, ask me.
I do this all day every day and I'm not afraid to share what I
learn. I am afraid to have you call me in 6 months time and say
'I've made a terrible mistake'. Prevention is always better than
cure. Do your homework before you take the leap and don't forget to
ask for a helping hand if you think you can use it.