How to lateral and avoid headhunter interaction

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So, essentially Henkel Search Partners got me my current job, but after six months, I am ready to go because my boss is the quintessential finance dick. Can't take it anymore.

 

I want to go to a specific firm, but they're represented by Henkel as well. I don't trust 'em as far as I can throw 'em. So, instead of hit them up, I reached out to a VP at the firm (no response yet but that was an hour ago and I have no doubt I'll get on the horn with someone there).

 

Another possibility is a warm intro I know to a MD at the firm I'd like to end up at (I helped someone in my network about face a few of their portcos for no cost - mostly some high level work for them, no more than ~50h across a few weekends). I've called in a few favors before so it's not like I can redeem a "you owe me one" at this point (I have collected the goodwill I purchased, not that that can be measured, but you get the point).

 

So, how should I go about this from here? What do you think?

Comments (5)

 
  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Sep 28, 2020 - 10:27am

I was placed by HSP too and when I wanted to lateral HSP couldnt help me due to the conflict - they asked for sign-off from the head of the group before they could help me. Your best bet is to use other headhunters who may have represented that firm in the past and get them to make you a warm intro. 

 
  • Associate 3 in PE - LBOs
Sep 28, 2020 - 10:43am

Thanks. Very helpful. I think I know who used to represent the firm I have in mind.

 

Can firms conduct interviews without headhunters? Or am I wasting my time? I am wondering if the firm in mind has a clause with HSP that says "Not allowed to hire investment staff unless through HSP". 

 

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