George Costanza and Life After Your
Job-Search Label Deal
One of the most difficult things about the
recruiting businessmusic industry is when a good candidate interviewstalented musician/artist showcases and the client companylabel says that they were ‘not a fit’ or ‘not what we were looking for’ without going into detail. That makes it hard for the candidateartist to know how to improve on the next interviewperformance and very difficult for the recruiterlabel executive to judge where they fell short.
I recently heard of a situation where the company gave the ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ routine in regards to why they were not moving forward with someone and it reminded me of one of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite shows - George Constanza's girlfriend breaks up with him in a familiar way.
One thing that I have always found interesting is that when someone goes through the process of
looking for a jobseeking a label deal and fails to get calls returned, emails responded to, and feedback on interviewsperformances, they promise themselves (and everyone they know) that they are ‘forever changed.’ They vow that they will always give people the courtesy of a return call or email and (if they are a hiring managerlabel exec) never pull a George Costanza when giving feedback after an interviewa showcase.
However, after they start a new
jobcontract/deal, they quickly forget how frustrating life as a job-seekeran aspiring artist really is and a quick Starbucks break is more important than giving two minutes of their time to really invest in someone else. My challenge for you is that after you land your next gig (and the good news is you will), don’t ever forget how frustrating it was to be on the other side of the deskmicrophone.
Until next time, good hunting and good luck!