Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment. – Rita Mae Brown
It’s easy to judge a book by its cover. It’s also one of the most stupid things a person can do.
Too often in my life I’ve judged people by outward appearance, their job or any one of a hundred different first bits of information about them. Never NEVER again!
I’ve been looking for a career job for about three years now. But in our troubled economy the competition for every job is fierce. And let’s face it. How many companies want to hire a middle-aged, white, male media relations official? I know that every job for which I apply has at least a dozen or more younger people of different demographics whom companies will think they can pay less. But they are making a BAD mistake by overlooking me. You see, I am the type of employee who doesn’t need an exorbitant salary. I just need enough to live comfortably. I am the employee who would stay late without expecting extra compensation. I am the employee who would go above and beyond his job title to do anything the company needs to have done. I am loyal to a fault. But I just don’t have the advanced degree expected by so many who are hiring in this field.
Some of the most idiotic people I’ve ever known are holders of advanced college degrees. Additionally, some of the most inspiring people I’ve ever known work in a factory setting. Take my current job at a warehouse in Remington, Ind. I took it out of necessity. Being a freelance writer has its merits. But it can be a feast or famine exercise. I thought when I started at my new job that I would be working with people with no real life goals, people who’ve been in jail, etc. Sure, there are a few there who match those unfortunate stereotypes. But there are also some incredibly decent people and a few incredibly talented people. One in particular (and she knows who she is) is actually one of the most talented, creative, intelligent, true artists I’ve ever known. In some ways she inspired me to write this post. I’m a much MUCH better person for having her as a friend.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications. That’s it. If you’re expecting an advanced degree, a certification or any other piece of paper to validate my so-called expertise on any given subject, I’m sorry. If that means that my resume fails your company’s computerized gate-keeper, oh well. Your company’s loss, not mine. You missed the opportunity of a lifetime to add me to your workforce. I have a PhD in life. And I know how to make an impression.
I will push on and eventually get that job one way or another. And when that happens, I will help that company push forward creating a tsunami-sized wake as we pass. Just get out of our way!
Life is an ongoing learning experience. And one of the most important things I have learned is not to judge a book by its cover.
So don’t judge my book by its faded, middle-aged, uncertified cover. Open it up and read. It’s a page turner.