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April 26, 2003

Golden Rule

We've all heard of the Golden Rule: "Do unto others what you would have them do unto you."

Well, I ran across a paper while I was cleaning out some of my things (can you tell it's spring?) which talks about not only the Golden Rule, but also the Silver Rule...

The Silver Rule: "Do not allow others to do to you what you would not do to them."

The second aspect of the Silver Rule: "Whatever you allow, will be done unto you."

I find it to be very timely that I would run across this paper today. Now that I'm done with my certification, I've been looking for a better job. I met with a recruiting agency last week and went on an interview. I did not get offered the opportunity for a second interview with that company because "the other candidates had stronger skill sets." It was not that big a disappointment - the job was better than the one I have, but not exactly "perfect" for me. And apparently I wasn't exactly "perfect" for them. So, I will keep searching until I find a better match...

But, this has put me in a bit of a reflective and philosophical mood. At the same time, I watched "Contact" the other night. The part that stood out the most was the process of choosing a candidate to test the machine. Jodie Foster was being interviewed and answered every question honestly and to the best of her (character's) ability. Her slimeball boss was competing with her for that slot and noted the reaction of the panel to her answers. When it was his turn, he took the chair and told them all exactly what they wanted to hear. He was chosen for the slot.

I went to dinner with some friends last night and we discussed this for quite some time. Yes, telling them what they want to hear will get you the job -- but, is that the kind of job you *really* want? Are those the type of people you want to work for? Hmmm... it made a lot of sense. I guess the honest approach is best. It will at least get you a job that you *really* like. And until then...just keep your eyes and ears open so you'll be ready when opportunity knocks...

Posted by BlueWolf on April 26, 2003 06:56 PM