That worked a treat. And the lucky winner was Simon.
It was fun, but a short contract. Now I'd like another one, so I repeat:
If, within the next six months, I take a job which lasts
longer than one month, and that is not obtained through an agency, then
on the day the first cheque from that job cashes, I'll give £500 to the
person who provided the crucial introduction.
If there are a number of people involved somehow, then I'll apportion it
fairly between them. And if the timing conditions above are not quite
met, or if someone points me at a short contract which the £500 penalty
makes not worth taking, then I'll do something fair and proportional
anyway. (The thing Simon pointed me at only lasted three weeks and I paid him in full anyway, because it was neat.)
And this offer applies even to personal friends, and to old contacts who
I have not got round to calling yet, and to people who are themselves
offering work, because why wouldn't it?
And obviously if I find one through my own efforts then I'll keep the
money. But my word is generally thought to be good, and I have made a
public promise on my own blog to this effect, so if I cheat you you can
blacken my name and ruin my reputation for honesty, which is worth much
more to me than £500.
Anyhow, if you're interested in helping out, my CV is at http://www.aspden.com, and any advice on how it could be improved will be gratefully received.