Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Find me a Researcher, dear god please!

You'd think that trying to find a Researcher to work on a TV show would be extremely easy. Well this week it is turning into quite the complicated mission. First off the girl that my Series Producer wanted took another job in between her interviewwith us and us offering her the job. Then everyone that I call who is updating their CV on Productionbase (a wonderful database filled with the incredible people who work in this industry) is not available for a Monday start.

Note aside, why on earth update your CV and post yourself as available if you aren't actually until the end of June? It is incredibly frustrating.

I am trawling through this database and trying to find people who vaguely appear to be something along the lines of what my Series Producer wants.

Did you know that it is very hard to find a Researcher with a Journalism background, who has worked with the Police or Emergency Services, is willing to relocate themselves North for 6 weeks and is available to do so on Monday morning?!

This industry just moves so fast I swear.

Plus I'm not the largest fan of making these phone calls as I kind of feel sorry for the people who have to go up north and work on this show.

Most conversations I am having seem to be going like this.

Miss M: Heart beating really fast as I actually hate speaking to strangers on the phone Hi there, I'm calling from (Insert Production Company name). My Series Producer saw your CV on Productionbase and she was wondering what your availability is at the moment as we're looking for someone to work on our show in (Insert town name) for the next 6 weeks.

Stupid annoying Researcher who is not going to take the job: Oh that sounds so cool but I'm not available until end of June

Miss M: Oh no, unfortunately we're looking for someone to start on Monday.

Researcher: Well can you keep my CV for when something else comes up? Actually can I grab your number and I'll give you a call when I'm available? I'd love to come and work at (Insert Production Company name)

Miss M: I'll keep your CV on file but unfortunately by then the show will be finished filming.

What I'd really like to say

Miss M: Oh shut up you TV whore, why on earth did you market yourself as available when you clearly are not? Why did you make my waste my time and energy calling you? Seriously I am going to throw your CV out the minute we are off the phone - actually wait it has gone in the bin right this second and I am going to actively never call you for anything else again! I hate you.

And people thought that looking for a job was stressful.

7 comments:

happy snapper said...

Ah man, how annoying!?!

Maybe you should start your phonecall with the Question: "When are you actually available?"

I hate calling random ppl aswell. I had to do the same thing today, to get people to send through ad artwork for a job that Im working on, and this one guy I spoke to was sooooo rude to me! So I just decided that he wasnt going to get the free advertising that I was offering him. Pfft.

The Chronicles of a Fashionista in PDX said...

That is annoying! I have a friend who is a headhunter and he has to deal with people like this all the time!

The Blonde Blogshell said...

Ooooh...can I come?? I'll do it!

*Pick me! pick me!!!*

The Divine Miss M said...

@snapper - I hate them. I hate them all.

@pdx - Bastards.

@blondie - Man if you can be in London tomorrow for an interview and be ready to move to (indisclosed place) on Monday then HELL YA! :P

sweets said...

"Did you know that it is very hard to find a Researcher with a Journalism background, who has worked with the Police or Emergency Services, is willing to relocate themselves North for 6 weeks and is available to do so on Monday morning?!"

hehe who knew that would be difficult to find within a few days...

good luck and one day... just once actually tell the person on the other side exactly what you think of them, why not?!

KaB said...

Me...pick me...but I can only come end June...haha...I had to say that!

Pooh...I have a Journalism background...4 years nogal...pity about geography! And my family are up north in Leeds (if anywhere near your location)...the job had my name on it...piss...bugger...wank!

So anyway, have you found anyone yet?!?

And how are you otherwise?!?

The Divine Miss M said...

@sweets - That might happen sooner than you think!

@kab - Aawww so true, cept no TV experience so my Producer would have said no :( But we'll chat once you're here!

I'm good thanks. Things are alright in my life :) Hows you?