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Andy Lester
December 21, 2006 09:38
The Career Manifesto
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This brilliant list comes from 
Moveable_Type/archives/003541.html .

    1. Unless you're working in a coal mine, an emergency ward, or  
their equivalent, spare us the sad stories about your tough job. The  
biggest risk most of us face in the course of a day is a paper cut.

    2. Yes, your boss is an idiot at times. So what? (Do you think  
your associates sit around and marvel at your deep thoughts?) If you  
cannot give your boss basic loyalty, either report the weasel to the  
proper authorities or be gone.

    3. You are paid to take meaningful actions, not superficial ones.  
Don't brag about that memo you sent out or how hard you work. Tell us  
what you achieved.

    4. Although your title may be the same, the job that you were  
hired to do three years ago is probably not the job you have now.  
When you are just coasting and not thinking several steps ahead of  
your responsibilities, you are in dinosaur territory and a meteor is  

    5. If you suspect that you're working in a madhouse, you probably  
are. Even sociopaths have jobs. Don't delude yourself by thinking  
you'll change what the organization regards as a "turkey farm." Flee.

    6. Your technical skills may impress the other geeks, but if you  
can't get along with your co-workers, you're a litigation breeder.  
Don't be surprised if management regards you as an expensive risk.

    7. If you have a problem with co-workers, have the guts to tell  
them, preferably in words of one syllable.

    8. Don't believe what the organization says it does. Its  
practices are its real policies. Study what is rewarded and what is  
punished and you'll have a better clue as to what's going on.

    9. Don't expect to be perfect. Focus on doing right instead of  
being right. It will simplify the world enormously.

   10. If you plan on showing them what you're capable of only after  
you get promoted, you need to reverse your thinking.

My favorites are #6 and #9. I'm devoting a chapter in Pragmatic Job  
Hunting to the ideas hidden within #6, which technical people are  
notoriously bad with.


Andy Lester => => => AIM:petdance

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