Friday, December 21, 2012

It's Not What You Know

It's not what you know, it's who you know.

This is how jobs are attained where I work.  By some miracle, enough nurses liked me to get me in.

The problem for me in achieving employment is that I don't know people, or at least I do not know people who can get me into an awesome job.

I don't get along with most people, so I stay away from them.  The few people I do get along with aren't in my fields and can't find great jobs themselves, nevermind for me.  I also can't purposely associate myself with someone in hopes that they will give good returns on the relationship.  It just seems wrong to me.  I become friends with someone because she is nice to me, not because she is a great recruiter.  (Note that I did not use the pronoun "he."  This is because I cannot be friends with a man.  I thought I could.  But I can't because men only want sex from me, not friendship.  This took a painfully long while to realize.)

I continue applying for an additional or another job.  Imagine my chagrin when one company openly declared the "It's who you know" rule.


Of course I know nobody at this company.  In my case, this is a good thing, because most people don't like me.  But for the average likable person, knowing someone is good.  It gets good results in the employment field (and probably other fields also).

The button leads to the sign-in page at Facebook.  No way am I giving a (highly unlikely) prospective employer access to my Facebook.  Unless I am applying for sainthood or to be in the FBI, I don't see how it is an employer's business what is on my Facebook page.  And there is nothing bad there.  No party shots.  No naked pics or references to crimes.  Just your run-of-the-mill family gatherings and the occasional dinner with friends.  And still none of anyone else's business.

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