August 2004 - Finding a Job: 21st Century Style
Finding a Job: 21st Century Style
By Kenny Moore
The economy is down. Outsourcing is up. Globalization is in. And college grads have recently been let out. This has placed a great number of unemployed people out on the streets looking for work. Some timely advice is warranted.
For the past 20 years, I’ve worked for a heavenly CEO (figuratively speaking) in a New York City Fortune 500 company. Prior to that, I spent 15 years working for another heavenly CEO (literally speaking) as a Catholic priest in a monastic community. Oddly enough, the work remained similar in both jobs. But the incentive plans varied greatly.
Here’s my practical list of worldly and other-worldly advice for getting that perfect job:
The Sacred Side of a Job Search
Getting a job also has divine implications because it’s tied into our vocation. We show up on this earth with a host of talents and personal gifts that are meant to be used. Not only in the service of ourselves but also for the betterment of others.
Aristotle said that where the needs of the world and your talents cross, therein lies your vocation. Our ultimate happiness is connected less to making wads of money and related more to cooperating with our divine calling. We can also expect to undergo some suffering in living out our destiny, but the price is worth paying.
As the corporate mystic, Elbert Hubbard, reminds us: "God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas - but for scars." I anticipate that in our final performance review, we will be compensated copiously.
Finding one’s vocation is not an easy task, so here are some helpful hints from a former monk to serve as a guide:
Some Strange Parallels
Years ago, when I left the monastery and returned to the world, I was looking for a job and seeking a spouse at the same time. These two searches curiously seemed to have much in common and the lessons I learned then seem to still apply today.
And for God’s sake, when consummating a deal, stay away from self-enhancing drugs. Regardless of what Bob Dole tells you, it’s likely to compromise your on-the-job performance.
© Kenny Moore, 2004 All rights reserved. Used with permission of the author.
About Kenny: Kenny says, "If you’re thinking about writing me, give in to the temptation. I love getting mail ... and being influenced by what you have to say. Please E-mail me at kennythemonk [at] yahoo.com."
Kenny Moore is co-author of “The CEO and the Monk: One Company’s Journey to Profit and Purpose” (John Wiley and Sons, 2004), rated as one of the Top Ten best-selling business books on Amazon.com. He has over 20 years experience with change management, leadership development and healing the corporate community. Prior to his work in corporate America, Kenny spent 15 years in a monastic community as a Catholic priest – doing a very similar kind of work, but getting paid a lot less.
Kenny has been profiled on CBS Sunday Morning News, and interviewed by Tom Peters, The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company magazine regarding his unique leadership style. He can be reached at (973) 956-8210 or kennythemonk [at] yahoo.com
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