Is The Job Right for You?
Frederick M. Picroski
Most people take this as a crash course at The School of Hard Knocks.
Most schools and books cover the following:
- Interviewing 101: Job Hunting
- Interviewing 102: The Resume - How to sell yourself on a sheet of
8 1/2 x 11 paper
- Interviewing 103: The Interview - How to impress them.
With today's corporate climate, most people will take Interviewing 104
whether they want to or not.
Grading is simple:
- Those who make things happen, those who act.
- Left a position and got an equal or better one before getting
- Climbed the ladder through hard work and learning new skills
- Those who make things happen, but did it as a reaction
- Got the hose, but had something better lined up
- Kissed butt as a means of ladder climbing
- Improve their skill set as to keep their current position
- Those who let things happen then acted
- Got the hose and were able to get a similar position
- Got a worst position just before getting the hose
- Kiss butt every day to stay where they are
- Those who let things happen and reacted
- Got the hose and a lesser job, but are still looking
- Are letting their skill set rot in a job that will take care
of them for life
- Kissed butt as to avoid the hose.
- Those who let thing happen and do nothing
- Got the hose, a lesser job and are doing nothing
- Are letting their skill set rot in a dead end job that is
going to end
Unlike many books, this one is written with reality in mind.
It's all up to you. You have to ultimately make the decision. To quote
from a song by RUSH "if you decide not to choose, you still have made a
choice..." You've obviously made a choice to read this far, please read
on. I wish to help you make a choice that you have to make. Use the
following as a guide to help you make a choice, to ask more intelligent
questions and make better observations as to have the bigger picture
when making your choice.
Many other books make it sound like everyone else wakes up early with
their hair in place and arrive at their perfect job on time. This book
is written for those of us who hit the snooze bar 2,3,4 even 5 times
before we get up to battle our hair before we dare start the daily
Others reading this book may be asking "how did I get myself into
this...?" If you are in a bad situation, you probably LET it happen. To
me, the act of letting is passive, it takes little or no action to
allow something to happen. To get something, you have to seek and
acquire it, which amounts to some action. So now you may be asking,
"how did I let this happen to me?"
You may have let this happen to you on day one. You did not ask all
the questions you should have or did not get answers (or answers you
could not understand) to all your questions; you let things slide.
You may have let things happen over time. You let someone put you
down, you let someone blame you, you let some bunghole from management
give you a task with little instruction. You may have let everyone boss
you around until you became of no use to anyone. A major life change
happened and you hoped that the new pieces would fit and they did not.
Lastly you may have got there. Breaking rules, taking advantage of
your position, loosing accounts, poor work quality or not producing
quantity are among the things that can get you in a bad situation.
Bottom line, it's time to get into action. Make some time and let
some resources enlighten you, so you can get some direction.
Though I am not very religious, a few extra tidbits to keep in mind
- stay true to your principals and pray. You may have the world at your
feet with a red carpet rolled to your door, but it's up to you not to
MONEY IS NOT EVERYTHING
(after taxes it's almost nothing!)
Asks you to think about the total package - salary, benefits, perks,
- Insurance - Health
- More Expenses
- Time As A Resource
- Professional Equipment
- Home Facilities
- Miscellaneous Services
Makes the point that you should be interviewing the company while they
are interviewing you
THE JOB POSTING
- The Lobby
- Location Of Interview
- The Interviewer
- The Interview's Time
- The Tour
- Product / Service
- Pre-Employment Agreements
- After Thoughts
How to read between the lines when reading help wanted ads
TERMINATION / QUITTING AND COUNTER OFFERS
- The Address
- ...On The Web...
- General Help Defined
- Where Does The Door Open?
Counter offers and why I say NO!
DOT THE I'S AND CROSS THE T'S
- Competitive Offers
Discusses pre employment agreements
YOUR CURRENT JOB: IS IT WORTH KEEPING?
- What Is It?
- Your Own Time & Insurances
- Non-Compete Clauses
- Passive Investments
- Active Investments
- Intellectual Property
- Termination Of Employment
Asks you to ask yourself if you should start looking.
A DIFFERENT VIEW
- Customers & Coworkers
- Your Life
- Your Career Field
- Your Knowledge
- Your Interests
Looks at the position and weather the position has a future with the
- Vs Quality
- And Management
- Blue Collar
- White Collar
Raises certain issues about protecting yourself at your current job.
- Advice And Tasks
...Gather It Anyway
- Other Conflicts
- Where's The Real Problem?
Privacy on and off the clock
OTHER SEARCH METHODS
- The Internet - A.K.A. The Web
- Your Personality
- Coworkers And Your Time
New ways to search for a job
- On Line Active
- Fees Involved
- Traditional Methods
© 1998 Frederick M. Picroski