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February 15, 2006

Filed under: random»personal

Headhunting

"Hello?"

"Hi, may I speak to Thomas Williams?"

"Thomas Wilburn?"

"Williams."

"Wilburn?"

"May I speak to--yes, I'm sorry, Thomas Wilburn."

"You may. That's me."

"Great. Thomas, you were referred to us for an employment opportunity, is this a good time to talk to you about that?"

"...Well, I'm already employed, actually. What's the job?"

"It's for _______ Financial Services."

"Okay, thank you, no, I'm working for the World Bank and I'm really very happy there."

"So you're not even interested in part time?"

"No, I'm afraid not."

(pause)

"I'm sorry, did you say financial services?"

"Yes, ___________ Financial Services."

(pause)

"Do you mind if I ask who referred you to me?"

"Well... Thomas, are you familiar with how headhunting and these services work?"

"In this case, no, not particularly. That's why I'm curious."

"Oh. Well, it's a system of referrals and networking, basically."

(pause)

"See, that's odd, because I don't really have any financial skills at all, really."

"Do you have management skills?"

"No, not really."

"Do you have any experience training other people?"

"No. I'm a writer."

"A writer."

"Yes. I write things for a living."

"Oh."

(terribly confused pause)

"Anyway, I already have a job, so I'm not interested. Thank you though. Goodbye."

How bizarre.

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