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[mailto:TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU]On Behalf Of Maurice King
Sent: Saturday, December 05, 1998 10:19 PM
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
Subject: Finding the Right Individual Formula for Happiness (was Too
Since I started this thread, I've read the comments from lots of others. Let
me state that I was indicating reflections on my initial experiences after
having spent most of my adult life outside the United States. I returned to
my native land where so many opportunities were supposed to exist, and I saw
that they did -- but that the people who were responsible for finding people
for these opportunities didn't have a clue as to how to find them! As a
result, many good people looking for work can end up very frustrated and may
pass up opportunities while companies bungle the recruitment process over
The argument that good jobs exist for good people is almost comic. Sure they
do. But when the HR person is asleep at the helm, or when the interviewing
manager decides to take off a week in the middle of interviewing, or when
the company has a freeze on hiring in the middle of the process, or any of a
million other possible snags, the good people are likely to abandon these
good jobs for other jobs that are more readily available!
I know I took a contract job back in June for which I was supposed to have
several skills and specific experience. I took the job reluctantly because I
really wanted to hold out for a long-term job, but this job at least was
available. I started to work, only to discover that the company just needed
a galley slave; the task at hand had absolutely nothing to do with my skills
and experience! After two months of exasperation, during which I asked the
manager straight out, "Did you even READ my resume before hiring me?!?!?" I
left for my current job, which, I must say, is a good match; the fact that I
would leave it for California or certain other major metropolitan areas has
nothing to do with the quality of the job.
Which brings me to the other issue that was raised: home is where the heart
is. For a single person, maybe the situation is different, but I have a
family with a very specific ethnic mix, and we're newcomers to North
America. Consequently, while I may be happy with my current job, my family
is not happy in my current location. Am I to ignore my family's wishes? That
wouldn't be very considerate or responsible. So for those persons who posted
me privately to insinuate that I've just got "ants in the pants," I invite
you to come see exactly what I have in my pants before you make accusations;
I have to consider the welfare of ALL my family members -- or is that idea
too difficult to understand in the Nineties?