10 Basic Facts About Present Day Jobs
1. Work is what you do to get paid by working for an individual or company. You don’t get paid by following your own way.
- Working for an individual may entail certain conditions necessary for you to get paid. Doing dirty jobs like cleaning, repair, construction or installation of something requires experience but if you’re working for big companies, no doubt you will be required to read certain safety policies or standard operating procedures while inside the workplace. The basic logic is you could only become useful if you avoid being the cause of your boss’ headache so you have to stick to company rules.
2. Don’t be insecured if you have a lower position compared to a young and high ranking employee, check his family background first.
- Don’t get overconfident about your qualifications when applying for a position no matter how overqualified you appear to be. Based on experience, you will only get discouraged when someone younger and less experienced gets easily accepted on a higher position as you are. All companies had been open about fairness in recruiting people but wait until you could actually get inside and see for yourself. The department head is a family man too and his son could just have graduated from college to fit the new position. Whose reference do you think gets better accepted than the ones showing someone who is within the company himself and could be made to appear before the manager at short notice?
3. You may have worked your whole life with dedication to your job but it takes a single mistake to change the whole impression of the job against you.
- Well we are just human beings and all people in the workplace are. Judging from the economic situation, there is a lot of manpower that wait outside the company waiting for a single fault in the employees to be able to gain access to the vacated post. Imagine you had been working your way through the company depriving yourself of holidays while the rest were out on leave every now and then. Then the moment that you need that leave on emergency and nobody is back on the office to cover your absence. Don’t push your luck too hard as you know what will happen.
4. If one is knowledgeable and he doesn’t have the right connections, it is still no good.
- We have to accept it that being accepted at work is just a short lived victory. It would take time until you have blended well into the workplace and you could fully realize what is going on. Being an ex- government employee from where I came from I have taken all the necessary exams to be eligible for promotion only to be dismayed that one of my colleagues who haven’t got the appropriate eligibility got promoted first. Let’s accept it, some will think that they could cheat the system by winning the position and passing the necessary qualifying exams later. Where on the planet could you find such system? Anyway I just patiently accepted my fate and got amused that though someone has the luck on the position, he doesn’t have such luck in passing exams. I couldn't help but imagine someone sitting in position which requires quite a bit of knowledge could easily make a fool of himself by gaining the seat without truly knowing how to deal with the tasks that goes with it.
5. If one is good looking, he earns the positive admiration of the HR manager.
- Let’s accept it, life is about control and you will be amazed just how people in position could turn it to their advantage to satisfy their personal preferences. If the HR manager is a good looking man with preference for nice looking girls and you happen to be a guy, what are your chances? The same way, if the HR manager is a middle aged woman with inclination for dashing, young, good looking guys and you happen to be a lady, what could happen?
6. Be aware of politics, it could happen at work.
- Well, in a strictly business environment like a production factory, productivity may gain such importance that being hardworking will definitely earn one a promotion. However in a government institution where politics has the say, this will often be less significant. So watched out for a lazy colleague with a talent for making great dialogues with the bosses.You could expect ending up following his tasking as your supervisor one day.
7. Boredom affects everyone regardless of the job position and you gain that edge if you enjoy your work even with lower pay compared to others.
- Here is your chance if you have a way of looking at things to shift your attitude to allow you to survive your typical boring day at work. In a shoe factory, you will be making shoes everyday of your life, in a hotdog factory you could expect smelling hotdogs everyday and even you may have that high position, you couldn’t expect to be out of boredom because of it. The thing is not all people given that high position may have the right attitude and so if you have it, it gives you the edge even with a lower position. With the proper attitude, you will see all the wrong people with the right connections winning that position and getting away from it at short notice. You will be the right candidate to earn that position even without the connection when everyone else has done their time trying.
8. Work is about the endless repetition of what you do. If you have a permanent job, you can’t worry about being sacked but have to deal with boredom for the rest of your life until retirement.
- You have to accept it, first you are at work and are getting paid for what you do. Then later it seems that it’s not about what you do anymore but about the time you are able to hold your boredom in doing the same sort of task all over again. Of course if you don’t have control over yourself to set aside your boredom I doubt if you are able to do the job in the first place. I was reminded of the simple business trick I was taught about in joining one of those networking schemes years back. I was just urged by a friend to attend this "business meeting" hosted by a promising company who allegedly made rich out of ordinary members by following the same scheme. There was a speaker for the event who seem to hold everyone’s curiosity at bay and with such words of wisdom unfolded the marketing scheme for the business. “All it takes is to take two people to believe in the business. You assign Mr. A on your right and Mr. B on your left. Once each of the two was able to replicate what you did you get $25 straight on your account. Just make a profit and replicate”. Well as it happened I didn’t ended up rich on that anyway. That marketing scheme proved too good to be true. But the basic fact has its point and it’s what companies do to survive, “just make a profit and replicate”.
9. You work to get paid by following your employer whatever he wants and you get your salary to spend it to whatever you want.
- Well I suppose that is the basic fact of life, you allocate your time and attention on an 8 hour work (or how much you could take) in order to follow the requirements of the job and get paid for it in return. It’s always about sacrifice. Leaving your family at home and mending your job. You need it to pay all the bills and provide for your family’s needs and if there is some extra amount left, it could afford you some simple luxuries like a few bottles of beer while making barbecues on your front lawn by the weekend at home or buy that new desktop computer your children were so craving about.
10. There’s no high paying job in the planet that offers you a salary that could get you secured for good. That’s why there are corrupt employees and bank robbers.
- I suppose everyone is met by the issue of finding it hard to make both ends meet. So the case of having a permanent job is actually less appreciated when you find it hard to make your salary last through your expenses up to the next payday. You may have taken extra hours overtime but still the earnings is just enough and you even lacked the time for a day-off to treat your family to the movies. The logic is simple, most companies just pay you enough for your services that you couldn’t help but keep coming back for more. Imagine if they pay you much then you could last a month without coming back to work. Perhaps you have heard of employees who despite of their high position were tempted to cheat the company gaining access to restricted files and precious company properties whichever applies. In the case of bank robberies, there’s always an “inside man” involved who had been identified. Where in the world could you get the chance to hold so much money every day and counting huge sums of it as part of the job and still wanting it when you get paid for the task at month’s end (which unfortunately isn’t too much to test your counting ability)? It’s all in the bank. As the history’s famous bank robber Willie Sutton puts it “that’s where the money is”. I suppose you’re not about to rob a bank unless you could get the money without being caught.
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