....or...."I'm never going to do another search without a Retainer"
OK. I admit it. I can be a softie. Just sometimes.
I'm not sure how I let it happen, but I let a client convince me to take on a job without a retainer. Normally I get a third up front. Sometimes I'll let that slip to 25%. Sometimes, just sometimes, I'll let it slip to 10%. In December, I let one in 'no win, no fee'
I am bloody idiot!
This client has been so slow getting back to me. They've held information back and let deadlines slip. They have no incentive, so don't feel any pain. Candidates are cooling and I'm wasting my time.
I don't know how any of you work without a retainer.
I've never given away exclusivity. I should not have let this happen. I am about a useful as a one-legged man in an arse kicking competition!
Please learn from my stupidity - or tell me how you make sure the client gives you the support you need.